WAUKESHA - New data from the Wisconsin Department of
Workforce Development shows an encouraging trend for job
growth in Waukesha County, but the area is still lagging
behind some other counties in the state.
According to the report released Wednesday, Waukesha
County saw its unemployment rate fall from 4.6 percent
in September to 4.2 percent in August. The city of
Waukesha saw an even larger drop, going from 5.6 percent
to 5 percent over the same period.
while the jobless rates continue dropping, both areas
rank closer to the bottom of the state in terms of total
city of Waukesha fell one spot to 17th place among the
stateís 32 largest municipalities, while Waukesha County
dropped two places, from 23rd to 25th place among
Wisconsinís 72 counties.
the city and the county remain below the statewide
unemployment rate, which stands at 5.5 percent through
September - its lowest point since 2008.
Other cities in the county which saw their unemployment
rates drop included Brookfield - which went from 4.9
percent to 4.4 percent - and New Berlin - which fell
half a point to 4.3 percent.
Seventy counties in Wisconsin saw declines in
unemployment over the last month, as did 31 of the 32
largest municipalities in the state over the last month.
Milwaukee was one of only six such areas to record a
drop of nearly two percentage points from the same point
last year, when the rate stood at 9.6 percent.
According to the release, initial weekly unemployment
insurance claims for the first 40 weeks of this year
dropped to the lowest point since 2000, and monthly
estimates show Wisconsin has created 124,000 private
sector jobs since Dec. 2010. Milwaukee was one of only
six such areas to record a drop of nearly two percentage
points from the same point last year, going from 9.6
percent to 7.7 percent.