Milwaukee-W.O.W. unemployment 2.9% for November

Freeman Staff

Dec. 29,. 2018

WAUKESHA — The very low unemployment numbers continued for the month of November around the state at 3 percent, and 2.9 percent for the Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington counties region.

On Friday, the Department of Workforce Development released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, which indicated that when comparing November 2018 to November 2017, unemployment rates declined in 11 of Wisconsin’s 12 metro areas. Racine at 3.1 percent and La Crosse at 2.1 percent were record lows for those metro areas.

The national unemployment rate in November remained unchanged from October at 3.7 percent.

Also in November, preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 62 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties when compared to November 2017.

Waukesha County had an unemployment rate of 2.9 in November, up slightly from October’s 2.8 percent. In Washington County, the unemployment rate was 2.3 percent in November, down 0.1 percent from October. Ozaukee County recorded an unemployment rate of 2.3 percent, also down 0.1 percent from October. The unemployment rate was 3.3 percent in November for Milwaukee County, down from October’s 3.4 percent rate.

Twenty-seven of Wisconsin’s 32 largest cities had a declining unemployment rate or one that stayed the same compared in November 2018 to November 2017.

Four Wisconsin cities either tied or achieved their lowest unemployment rate for any month on record including Green Bay (2.5 percent), Manitowoc (2.7 percent), Neenah (2.3 percent) and Racine (3.9 percent).

In Waukesha County, Brookfield had an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent, Menomonee Falls had a rate of 2.4 percent, New Berlin was at 2.6 percent and Waukesha had a rate of 2.4 percent.

Washington County’s West Bend had an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent. In Milwaukee County, Oak Creek had a rate of 2.4 percent, which was far lower than the city of Milwaukee at 3.7 percent. Franklin had a rate of 2.6 percent, Wauwatosa’s rate was 2.7 and West Allis came in at 3.3 percent in November.