Milwaukee W-O-W unemployment rate drops further in December
Area reports 2.7% without jobs

Freeman Staff

Jan. 24, 2019

WAUKESHA — The unemployment rates for metro Milwaukee took another dip in December coming in at 2.7 percent, down slightly from the 2.9 percent rate in November and 2.8 percent for December 2017, according to data released Wednesday.

The Department of Workforce Development said Wednesday that preliminary December unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 12 metro areas declined or stayed the same when compared to December 2017. The metro area with the greatest decrease during that time was Wausau at 0.2 percent.

For municipalities, the December unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 26 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest cities. The DWD said unemployment rates ranged from a low of 1.9 percent in Fitchburg, Madison and Sun Prairie to a high of 3.8 percent in Racine.

Milwaukee was one of nine Wisconsin cities that tied or set a record for their lowest unemployment rate on record. It was joined by Wausau, Racine, Janesville and Beloit.

Milwaukee’s unemployment rate for December was 3.3 percent, compared to 3.7 percent in November and 3.5 percent last December.

Brookfield’s unemployment rate for December was 2.2 percent, compared to 2.4 percent last December, while Menomonee Falls was also at 2.2 percent last month and 2.3 percent in December 2017.

New Berlin came in at 2.4 percent in December and 2.3 percent last December. Waukesha reported an unemployment rate of 2.3 percent for December, the same as last December, and West Bend was 2.4 percent in December, compared to 2.3 percent last December. Wauwatosa also saw a slight increase in December, rising to 2.4 percent compared to December 2017 when it was 2.3 percent. Oak Creek also remained the same year over year at 2.3 percent.

When taking a look at counties, the DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for December 2018 declined or stayed the same in 52 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties over-theyear. The largest over-theyear decline occurred in Florence County (0.8 percent). Dane County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate in December (1.9 percent). Three Wisconsin counties, Rock, Racine and Milwaukee, tied their record low unemployment rates.

Milwaukee County had a rate of 3 percent in December, compared to 3.3 percent for November and 3.1 for December 2017. Waukesha County’s rate was 2.3 percent in December, the same as November, and 0.1 less than December 2017 when it was 2.4 percent.

The unemployment rate for Washington County was 2.2 percent for December, the same as December 2017, and 0.1 percent lower than November. The rate for Ozaukee County was 2.1 percent last month, 2.3 percent in November and 2.1 percent last December.