- The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development has
released its July unemployment data, which shows both
the city of Waukesha and Waukesha County holding steady
while other areas in the state are cutting their jobless
The city of Waukesha saw its unemployment
rate drop slightly, from 6.8 percent in June to 6.7
percent in July, the 14th lowest rate among Wisconsin’s
32 largest cities. While the city was also 14th in
June’s rankings, its total unemployment rate has dropped
significantly from this point a year ago, when it stood
at 7.7 percent.
Meanwhile, Waukesha County saw its unemployment rate
stand pat from a month ago - finishing July at 5.3
percent - but while its number stayed the same, Waukesha
dropped eight places, from 19th to 27th, among counties
Washington, Price, Columbia, Buffalo, Monroe, Eau
Claire, Dunn and Chippewa counties all leapfrogged over
Waukesha since June’s rankings. However, like the city
of Waukesha, Waukesha County is well below where it was
after July 2013, when the unemployment rate stood at 6
Suzanne Kelley, president of the Waukesha County
Business Alliance, said she hopes funding from the
state’s Fast Forward program will begin making a
difference across all of Waukesha.
money is specifically targeted for training,” she said.
“So we hope Waukesha County companies apply for training
grants for this money that is available through the
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.”
program, signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker last year,
helps address the state’s need for skilled workers.
According to its website, the program created worker
training grants and makes other investments to prepare
workers for jobs available today and in the years to
know there continues to be a significant number of job
openings throughout the county and there continue to be
individuals who are unable to find jobs,” Kelley said.
“(This) tells me they need additional skills to be ready
for the jobs that are available.”
said funding from Fast Forward grants can go toward
almost any imaginable field of training - from
manufacturing to construction to transportation,
information technology, financial services, health care
said in addition to Fast Forward grants, money has also
been made available to train workers with disabilities.
money really can be helpful to help train a portion of
the 5.3 percent of individuals who remain unemployed,”