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
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
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