Metro Milwaukee unemployment rate up in January
Added 3,600 jobs in 4-county region

Freeman Staff

March 14, 2019

WAUKESHA — Despite adding 3,600 jobs from December to January, the unemployment rate for the Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee- Washington county region rose 0.6 percent to 3.4 percent in January.

Data released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development based on U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data showed that the unemployment rate for the Milwaukee-W.O.W area increased 0.1 percent compared to January 2018’s total of 3.3 percent and an increase of 0.6 percent compared to 2.8 percent in December.

Waukesha County’s unemployment rate also went up, but its ranking in the state improved. The DWD indicated the county had the sixth best employment number in the state for January, according to the data.

In January, it had an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent, compared to 2.4 percent in December and 2.8 percent last January.

Washington County’s ranking went from fifth to sixth in the state with an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in January, 2.3 percent in December and 2.8 percent last January.

Ozaukee County also saw a ranking improvement. It ranked second in January, compared to third in December for employment totals in the state. Its unemployment rate for January was 2.7 percent, compared to 2.2 percent in December and 2.6 percent in January 2018.

Milwaukee County also rose nine spots on the rankings list to 29th in January. Last month, it had an unemployment rate of 3.8 percent, compared to 3.2 percent in December and 3.7 percent in January 2018.

Area communities saw changes in their unemployment rates as well.

In Waukesha County, Brookfield’s rate was 2.7 percent in January, 2.3 percent in December and 2.7 percent in January 2018; New Berlin was 2.9 percent in January, 2.5 percent in December and 2.9 percent in January 2018; and Waukesha was 3 percent in January, 2.4 percent in December and 2.9 percent in January 2018.

In Washington County, West Bend had a rate of 3.1 percent in January, 2.6 percent in December and 2.9 percent in January 2018.