Unemployment rates increase in W.O.W. counties
Remained close to May 2018 numbers

Freeman Staff

June 27, 2019

WAUKESHA — The unemployment rates for Waukesha, Washington and Ozaukee counties increased slightly in May compared to the previous month, data released by the Department of Workforce Development showed Wednesday.

Preliminary data for May had Waukesha County with an unemployment rate of 2.5%, the same as May 2018, but higher than the 2.3% rate in April. In Washington County, May’s rate was 2.4%, 2.2% in April and 2.3% last May. Ozaukee County had similar numbers. Its May unemployment rate was reported as 2.5%, up 0.3% compared to April and an increase of 0.1% from last May.

The DWD said preliminary May 2019 unemployment rates declined or stayed the same over the year in 47 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. The largest over-the-year decrease of 1.1% occurred in Iron County.

The region of Milwaukee, Washington, Waukesha and Ozaukee counties had an unemployment rate of 2.9% for May. The rate was 2.7% in April and 3% in May 2018, according to the DWD.

“Preliminary May 2019 unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in seven of Wisconsin’s 12 metro areas over the year. The largest over-the-year decrease of 0.1 percent occurred in the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Sheboygan, Wausau, and Racine metro areas,” according to Wednesday’s report.

At the municipal level, cities in Waukesha County had the following unemployment rates in May: Brookfield, 2.7%; Menomonee Falls, 2.5%; New Berlin, 2.6%; and Waukesha, 2.5%. In Washington County, West Bend had a rate of 2.7% in May. Milwaukee’s unemployment rate was 3.6% in May.

The largest change in unemployment rate was in Mount Pleasant with a half-percentage decrease compared to May 2018. For the rest of the state, May 2019 unemployment rates declined or stayed the same over the year in 22 of the state’s 33 largest cities.