Jobless rates drop in county, West Bend

Daily News Staff

Oct. 23, 2014

Unemployment figures dropped for both Washington County and West Bend in September, according to data provided by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wisconsinís seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 5.5 percent (169,400 unemployed), down from 5.7 percent in August and 6.6 percent in September 2013.

Washington Countyís monthly rate was 4.3 percent compared to 4.6 percent in August and 5.4 percent a year ago.

West Bend climbed a notch to 10th on the unemployment list for major Wisconsin cities even though its September rate was 5.8 percent, less than Augustís 6 percent and well under the August 2013 tally of 7.4 percent.

Racine had the highest unemployment rate in the state for September at 8.8 percent. That cityís unemployment rate in August was 9.4 percent and 11 percent a year ago.

Menominee County had the highest unemployment in September, 10.5 percent, 4.9 percentage points less than its rate in August and 1.1 percentage points less than September 2013.

Without seasonal adjustment, Wisconsinís September rate was 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 percent in August and down from 6 percent in September 2013.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August and down from 7.2 percent in September 2013. Without seasonal adjustment, the U.S. rate for September was 5.7 percent, down from 6.3 percent in August and down from 7 percent in September 2013.