Local unemployment rates fall in southeast Wisconsin

Washington County has lowest in region

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:08 am

Counties and cities throughout southeastern Wisconsin posted lower unemployment rates in May than a year ago, according to the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by the state Department of Workforce Development.

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The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 4.2 percent, down from 4.6 percent a year ago.

The nation’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May was 4.7 percent, down from 5.5 percent a year ago.

The local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted. But all of the counties in southeastern Wisconsin had lower unemployment rates in May than a year ago.

May unemployment rates by county:

  • Washington, 3.2 percent (3.8 percent a year ago).
  • Waukesha, 3.4 percent (3.9 percent a year ago).
  • Ozaukee, 3.4 percent (3.9 percent a year ago).
  • Sheboygan, 3.4 percent (4.0 percent a year ago).
  • Walworth, 3.8 percent (4.6 percent a year ago).
  • Kenosha, 4.5 percent (5.1 percent a year ago).
  • Racine, 4.7 percent (5.6 percent a year ago).
  • Milwaukee, 4.8 percent (5.9 percent a year ago).

May unemployment rates for some area cities:

  • Waukesha, 3.5 percent (4.2 percent a year ago)
  • Sheboygan, 3.7 percent (4.4 percent a year ago)
  • Kenosha, 4.9 percent (5.6 percent a year ago)
  • Milwaukee, 5.4 percent (6.7 percent a year ago)
  • Racine, 5.9 percent (7.1 percent a year ago)

Racine had the highest unemployment rate in May for Wisconsin cities. Milwaukee was the third highest. The lowest was Madison, at 2.9 percent.

Menominee County had the highest unemployment rate in May for Wisconsin counties, at 7.7 percent, which was down from 10.3 percent a year ago. Dane County had the lowest, at 2.9 percent.

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Andrew is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, he is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, their son, Zach, and their dog, Hokey. He is an avid sports fan and is a member of the Muskego Athletic Association board of directors.

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