Wisconsin unemployment hovers at 3.2%
WOW counties decline 0.1 percent in July

Freeman Staff

August 23, 2017

WAUKESHA — In July unemployment rates for the state’s metropolitan areas declined again with the largest 12-month decline of 1.3 percent in Racine. The rates ranged from 2.5 percent in Madison to 4.2 percent in Racine.

For the Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington County region, unemployment was 3.8 percent in July, 0.1 percent less than June and 1 percent less than July 2016, according to number released by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Preliminary July 2017 rates decreased for Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities when compared over the year to July 2016 and decreased or remained the same in 30 of the 32 compared over the month to June 2017. The latest rates ranged from 2.4 percent in Fitchburg to 5.4 percent in Racine, according to Wednesday’s data.

Waukesha’s unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in July, compared to 3.5 percent in June and 4 percent in July 2016. Brookfield had a rate of 3.2 percent in July compared to 3.9 percent in July 2016. Menomonee Falls was at 3 percent in July, while New Berlin was at 3.1 percent, the same as June.

Waukesha County’s unemployment rate for July was 3.1 percent, Washington County was at 2.9 percent, Ozaukee County was at 3 percent and Milwaukee was at 4.4 percent.

Overall, the state’s preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.2 percent for July 2017 while the state added 26,500 total non-farm jobs and 25,000 private-sector jobs from July 2016 to July 2017, with a significant year-over-year gain of 9,600 manufacturing jobs. The nation’s preliminary seasonally adjusted rate was 4.3 percent for July.