WAUKESHA - Wisconsin's
unemployment rate dropped to near-record lows this year, and
Waukesha County's rate is one of the lowest in the state.
Unemployment in the county
dropped from 3.4 to 2.5 percent from May 2016 to May 2017, compared
to 3.5 percent in Milwaukee County and 3.1 percent in the state this
year. The national rate is 4.3 percent, according to a Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development press release.
Waukesha County Executive
Paul Farrow said the current numbers are reminiscent of what
unemployment rates have long been in the county. But what's telling
about the area's success is that the county's employment rate
exceeds 90 percent for working-age males and around 85 percent for
working-age females, he said.
"Most of the people who want
to work in Waukesha County are working," Farrow said.
He said the issue isn't
finding jobs for people - it's finding people to fill the jobs. The
state is facing a similar job gap in high-skill jobs.
Farrow said the county is
working with groups in Milwaukee - where unemployment is a bit
higher - to train workers for high-skill jobs and provide
transportation to open jobs in Waukesha.
He said the main goal for
workforce development in the future is to consistently find people
to fill jobs with manufacturing and production companies in Waukesha
County, while also increasing skills in those workers so they can
operate robots that fill the jobs of two or three workers.
May 2017 unemployment rates
City of Waukesha - 2.6
Waukesha County - 2.5 percent
Milwaukee County - 3.5
Dane County - 2.2 percent
State of Wisconsin - 3.1
Nationwide - 4.3 percent
Department of Workforce Development