W.O.W. region's unemployment drops to 2.7% in April

Freeman Staff

May 23, 2019

WAUKESHA — The unemployment rate dropped yet again in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee Washington counties to 2.7% in April.

Data was released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed that preliminary April 2019 unemployment rates declined in all 12 metro areas over the year.

In addition, preliminary April 2019 unemployment rates declined or stayed the same over the year in 31 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest cities. Manitowoc’s unemployment rate declined by 0.8%, the largest over the year decline among Wisconsin’s largest cities.

In Washington County, West Bend ended April with an unemployment rate of 2.4%.

The rate for the city was 3% in March and 2.6% in April 2018. Milwaukee’s rate was 3.4% in April, a drop from March’s rate of 3.9% and April 2018’s rate of 3.8%. In Waukesha County, Waukesha’s rate was 2.2% for April, compared to 2.7% for March and 2.5% for April 2018.

In 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, unemployment rates declined or stayed the same over the year in April. Iron County’s unemployment rate declined by 2.4%, the largest over the year decline among Wisconsin counties.

In the Milwaukee-W.0.W. region, Washington and Ozaukee counties had the lowest unemployment rates in April, both at 2.2%. Washington County’s rate was 2.7% in March and Ozaukee County’s rate was also 2.7% in March. Waukesha County’s rate was only slightly higher at 2.3% in April, compared to 2.7% for March. Milwaukee County’s rate was 3% in April, compared to 3.6% in March.