Local unemployment rates rise slightly as statewide rates drop

By Matt Masterson - Freeman Staff

Dec. 28, 2014

WAUKESHA — While the statewide unemployment rate fell to 5.2 percent last month — its lowest since 2008 — the rates in both the city and county of Waukesha were heading in a slightly different direction.

Preliminary estimates from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development show both municipalities actually had .1 percent increases in the number of unemployed residents from October to November.

Waukesha now stands at 5.1 percent unemployment, ranking it 17th among the 32 largest cities in the state. The unemployment rate in Waukesha County also increased to 4.2 percent. However, while the city fell one spot among its contemporaries, Waukesha County actually moved up to 21st among Wisconsin’s 72 counties after previously sitting in 25th place.

Both the city (6.5 percent) and county (5.2) remain far below their unemployment percentages from a year ago.

According to the DWD, rates decreased or remained the same in 15 of the state’s counties compared to rates in October. They decreased in 71 counties compared to November 2013 rates. Rates also decreased or remained the same in 23 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities compared to rates in October.

Other municipalities in Waukesha County, including New Berlin (4.4 percent) and Menomonee Falls (4.1) also say their unemployment rates went up .1 percent.

Last week, DWD data showed Wisconsin had added 16,500 jobs in November while the statewide unemployment rate had fallen two-tenths of a point and is lower than the national unemployment rate, which went unchanged last month at 5.8 percent.