MADISON — Wisconsin's unemployment rate hit 14.1% in April, a level not seen since the Great Depression, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday.

The rate more than quadrupled from 3.1% in March, mirroring national trends due to the coronavirus pandemic, and was just below the national unemployment rate of 14.7%. April was the first full month of Wisconsin's “safer at home” order issued by Gov. Tony Evers in reaction to COVID-19 that forced most nonessential businesses to close.

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