Unemployment rate rises in metro Milwaukee in June, DWD data shows

Special to The Freeman

July 27, 2017

MADISON - 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.

In Waukesha 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 for May.

The preliminary 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.