WEST BEND -
Unemployment figures are
going down in West Bend.
In May, the latest data available, West Bend’s unemployment rate
shrank to 7 percent, according to the state’s Department of
Workforce Development numbers for the largest 32 municipalities
The DWD figures are based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’
May was the first time West Bend has seen a 7 percent
unemployment rate in nearly six years.
“November 2008 was the last time it was that low,” Mayor Kraig
Sadownikow said Friday. “We’ve been consistently trending down.”
West Bend had an 11.8 unemployment rate in February, which
dropped to 8.2 percent in December 2012, and bounced to 8.5
percent this past March.
“It’s down 30 percent since January 2011,” Alderman Ed Duquaine
said. “It’s taking a lot of hard work to lower that number.”
Local businesses are showing more confidence in the economy and
starting to hire more workers, Sadownikow said.
West Bend is 29th in size on that list of 32 municipalities, the
mayor pointed out.
“We’re certainly looking
at a good trend,” Sadownikow said. He considers it an
indication that the city’s efforts to improve West Bend’s
reputation as a business-friendly community is working.
Washington County had a 5.9 percent
unemployment rate in May, according to the DWD. The
Milwaukee Metropolitan Area, which includes Washington
County, had a May unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. The
state’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent, it’s lowest since
October 2008, the DWD reported.
The DWD reported that May unemployment
rates for the 32 largest municipalities ranged from 3.2
percent in Caledonia, Racine County, to 9.7 percent in
West Bend had the
ninth highest unemployment rate in May among the
municipalities. Washington County was 47th highest among the
state’s 72 counties.