Milwaukee-W-O-W unemployment drops slightly to 3.8% in July

Freeman Staff

Aug. 22, 2019

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.