WAUKESHA — Unemployment in the
metro Milwaukee area dipped to 3.8% in July, compared to 3.9% in
June, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
In July 2018, the unemployment rate was 3.6%.
Individually, unemployment in the four counties in July was:
Milwaukee, 4.4%; Waukesha 3.1%; Ozaukee, 3.1%; and Washington, 3%.
According to the DWD, preliminary July unemployment rates for
Wisconsin’s metropolitan areas ranged from 2.6% in Madison to 4.4%
in Racine. From June 2019 to July 2019, unemployment rates declined
or stayed the same in 11 of Wisconsin’s 12 metro areas, while rates
increased in all 12 metro areas by a half of a percentage point or
less over the year from July 2018 to July 2019.
Last month, the city of Milwaukee had an unemployment rate of 5%, up
from 4.8% in June. Oak Creek had a much lower rate of 3.2% in July,
compared to 3.3% in June.
In Waukesha County, cities mostly saw declines in their unemployment
numbers. Brookfield’s rate was 3.1% in July, compared to 3.4% in
June; Menomonee Falls came in at 3.1% compared to 3.3%; New Berlin
was 3.3% and 3.4% in June; while Waukesha had a rate of 3.2% in July
and a rate of 3.3% in June.
According to the DWD, preliminary July unemployment rates ranged
from 2.4 percent in Fitchburg to 5.6 percent in Racine. Unemployment
rates declined or stayed the same in 25 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest
cities from June 2019 to July 2019, while rates stayed the same or
increased in all 33 cities from July 2018 to July 2019.