Statewide unemployment increase hits county, city of Waukesha

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

July 24, 2014

WAUKESHA - Waukesha County was not spared as unemployment numbers jumped up in cities and counties across Wisconsin in June.

From May to June, Waukesha County saw its unemployment rate increase from 4.9 percent to 5.3 percent. Overall, the rate is still well below what it was last June, when 6.4 percent of Waukesha residents were without a job. Despite last monthís jump, Waukesha maintains its rank as having the 19th lowest unemployment rate among Wisconsinís 72 counties.

The city of Waukesha saw a similar jump, going from 6.4 percent in May to a 6.8 percent in June. Even though nearly one-half of a percent more city residents are jobless after last month, Waukesha actually moved down one spot in the state rankings, now sitting with the 14th highest unemployment rate among cities.

Overall, each of Wisconsinís 32 largest cities saw an increase in its unemployment rate, with Racine topping the list at 10.4 percent.

Menomonee has the highest jobless rate among counties, standing at 17.8 percent - up nearly three points from its 15.2 percent rate in May. Nearby Milwaukee County is sitting at 7.7 percent, while Dane County has the lowest rate in the state at 4.2 percent.

Wisconsinís average remains unchanged from May, with 5.7 percent of Wisconsin residents without work, the stateís lowest rate since 2008.