Unemployment down in Wisconsin cities, counties during August

Associated Press

Sept. 25, 2014

MADISON  - Unemployment fell in every Wisconsin city and county last month.  

 The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment dropped in all of the 32 largest cities and in all 72 counties in August compared with July.  

 Waukesha County saw its unemployment rate drop from 5.3 percent in July to 4.6 percent in August. The county continued to have the 47th highest unemployment rate.

 In the city of Waukesha, the unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent in August from 6.7 percent in July. The city retained its ranking with the 16th highest unemployment rate.

 Brookfield moved from 5.3 percent in July to 4.9 percent in August. The city was ranked 23rd highest. New Berlin was 24th at 4.7 percent and Menomonee Falls was 35th at 4.5 percent.

 Racine continues to have the highest unemployment rate at 9.6 percent, down from 11.3 percent the month before. The second highest is Milwaukee at 8.3 percent, which is down from 9.4 percent in July.  

 Menominee County had the highest unemployment among counties at 15.3 percent, down from 18.3 percent the previous month. Dane County had the lowest at 3.5 percent, down from 4 percent.   

 The state's overall unemployment rate in July was 5.6 percent, the lowest it's been since 2008. 

-Contributing: Freeman Staff