Preliminary labor statistics released by the Wisconsin Department of
Workforce Development on Wednesday showed job growth in the metro
Milwaukee area slowed from May to June.
The final May
jobs data was compiled in the DWD report, and it showed that
Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties had a combined
3.1 percent unemployment rate when not seasonally adjusted. That's
compared to the preliminary numbers in the area in June, which
showed an unemployment rate of 3.9 percent, meaning the rate may
have risen 0.8 percent in the month.
County, the preliminary June unemployment rate was 3.2 percent.
That's up from the 2.5 percent the DWD reported in the final data
seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for the state of Wisconsin
during June was 3.1 percent, keeping pace with the 3.1 percent final
data showed in May. That's a sharp decline from the state's June
2016 rate of 4.2 percent, and it far outpaces the 4.4 percent
preliminary June 2017 national rate.