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.