Wednesday, May 21, 2014

5-22-14 local unemployment rates fall

The Department of Workforce Development reports that preliminary unemployment rates dropped in all but two counties in April. DWD reported Wednesday that unemployment dropped in all of the state's 32 largest cities between March and April. The Fond du Lac County rate fell from 6.5 to 5.5 percent.  The Dodge
County unemployment rate dropped from 7.3 to 6.2 percent. The April unemployment rate in the city of Fond du Lac stands at 6.4-percent...down a full percentage point from March.  The only counties where unemployment increased were Menominee and Iron. Dane County has the lowest unemployment rate at 3.8 percent.  Racine maintained the highest unemployment rate of any major city in Wisconsin at 10.2 percent. It was followed by Beloit at 9.2 percent unemployment and Milwaukee at 8.4 percent. Those three had the highest rates in April 2013.  The state's overall seasonally adjusted rate is 5.8 percent. That is the lowest it's been since October 2008.  The national unemployment rate is 6.3 percent.

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