Unemployment rate dropping in Waukesha, but lagging behind other counties

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

Oct. 23, 2014

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.

But while the jobless rates continue dropping, both areas rank closer to the bottom of the state in terms of total unemployment.

The 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.

Both 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.

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