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
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
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.