Waukesha County unemployment lands at 2.8%

Freeman Staff

Oct. 26, 2017

MILWAUKEE — Unemployment rates continued to decline across the country with Waukesha County’s rate registering at 2.8 percent in September, while the city of Waukesha’s rate was 2.9 percent.

According to data released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development, unemployment rates decreased in all areas of Wisconsin in September 2017 when compared to September 2016. The rates ranged from 2.3 percent in Madison to 3.8 percent in Racine.

Milwaukee and Mount Pleasant had the largest unemployment declines in September, compared to last year.

In 30 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities, the unemployment rate remained the same or decreased in September 2017 compared to the same month last year. The largest over-the-year decline was 1.3 percentage points in Milwaukee and Mount Pleasant, according to the DWD.

The preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in September for Wisconsin was 3.5 percent, compared to 4.2 percent in September 2016. The national rate was 4.2 percent in September 2017 and 4.9 percent in September 2016.

In the Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington area, the unemployment rate for last month is 3.4 percent, compared to 4 percent in August and 4.3 percent in September 2016.

Waukesha’s unemployment rate dropped to 2.9 percent in September, compared to 3.5 percent in August and 3.4 percent in September 2016. Brookfield’ unemployment rate was a little higher in September at 3.1 percent and New Berlin’s was 2.9 percent.

Overall, Waukesha County had an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent in September, while Washington County’s was 2.7 percent, Ozaukee County had a rate of 2.7 percent and Milwaukee County saw a rate of 4 percent.