WAUKESHA - Unemployment numbers rose for
the second straight month in both the city and county of
Waukesha during December, but compared with the rest of
the state, neither area is falling behind its respective
According to monthly data from the state
Department of Workforce Development, the unemployment
rate in the city of Waukesha increased from 5.1 percent
to 5.3 percent, ranking it 15th among the 32 largest
cities in Wisconsin. Waukesha County’s jobless rate also
increased from 4.1 percent in November to 4.3 percent in
December; however, its ranking among the state’s 72
counties actually improved to 15th place.
Both the city and the county closed out
last year with unemployment rates well below where they
stood at the end of 2013. The city of Waukesha had a 6.5
percent unemployment rate, while the county’s rate stood
at 5 percent.
Other cities around Waukesha County fared
slightly better last month. New Berlin closed out the
year with an unemployment rate of 4.3 percent - down
from the 4.4 percent recorded at the end of November -
and Menomonee Falls saw its rate drop a similar .1
percent down to an even 4 percent.
The release of the Dec. 2014 local rates
came after last week’s release of U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics estimates showing Wisconsin added 7,600
private sector jobs, leaving the preliminary seasonally
adjusted unemployment rate for the month at 5.2 percent,
the lowest rate since Sep. 2008.