Unemployment rates drop in West Bend, Washington County
Rate improves for most of state

Daily News Staff

April 24, 2014

Unemployment rates have dropped in most Wisconsin counties and cities, including in Washington County and West Bend.

West Bendís unemployment dropped from 8.9 percent in February to 8.5 percent in March, improving its rank in the state from fourth to sixth. Washington Countyís unemployment rate decreased from 6.6 percent to 6.2 percent, but dropped a spot from 58th to 57th place.

The local figures reflect the state Department of Workforce Development report Wednesday that preliminary rates for March are down in all but three of the stateís largest 32 cities.

Unemployment was unchanged in Mount Pleasant, now in fourth place, and it increased in Menomonee Falls and Racine, which is first in the state with 11.5 percent. Beloit is second with 10.3 percent and Milwaukee came in third with 9.2 percent.

Similarly, rates are down in all but six of Wisconsinís 72 counties.

Local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted, are subject to revision and can vary widely from month to month.

Compared to March 2013, West Bend jumped forward from 9.6 percent unemployment and Washington County improved from 6.8 percent.

Statewide, unemployment last month was 5.9 percent, its lowest level since 2008. Itís down from a high of 9.2 percent in 2010, and below the national unemployment rate of 6.7 percent.

Caledonia had the lowest unemployment rate of the 32 cities with 3.6 percent.

Counties in the north with relatively low population had the highest unemployment percentage with Iron County in first with 13.1 percent. Dane County has the lowest rate with 4.4 percent last month.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.