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APRIL LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ANNOUNCED |
APRIL LOCAL UNEMPLOYMENT RATES ANNOUNCED
Madison - Sixty-eight of Wisconsin’s 72 counties had lower unemployment rates in April than they experienced in March, while four had higher rates, according to information released today by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).
Forty-four Wisconsin counties, and 19 of the state’s 28 largest cities, had lower unemployment rates last month than they had reported for last April.
“We are very encouraged to see such a widespread improvement in unemployment rates over one year ago and happy to see so many of the state’s large cities with improved rates over last month’s rates.” said DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman.
Dane County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 2.7 percent. La Crosse and Ozaukee had rates of 4.0 percent and Waukesha came in at 4.5 percent. Iron County, at 12.8 percent, had the state’s highest rate, followed by Menominee at 12.2 percent and Polk at 9.8 percent.
The figures reported for last month are normal for this time of the year, as spring workplace activities begin. The four counties where higher unemployment rates were recorded in April are generally northern counties.
Five of Wisconsin’s eleven metropolitan statistical areas had seasonally adjusted April unemployment rates below 5.0 percent. The Dane County Metropolitan Statistical Area had the State’s lowest seasonally adjusted rate at 2.7 percent, while Racine had the highest seasonally adjusted rate at 7.8 percent. All eleven metro areas had more jobs in April than they had recorded in March. Manufacturing continued to be weak throughout the State, although certainly the weakest in southeastern Wisconsin. The service producing industries were generally quite strong in most areas of the state. Statewide, the service producing industries were up 18,900 jobs from last year’s April figure and were up nearly 17,000 jobs from the March figure. The western side of the state continues to be faring quite well in the slower economy, while the state’s eastern counties and metro areas are having more pronounced difficulties.
The leisure and hospitality industry for the State began to show signs of a good spring and upcoming summer season, as 6,100 jobs were added to the state’s employment total. The Green Bay and Appleton/Oshkosh corridor appeared to have the best activity in this important industry. About 1,400 jobs were added to the sector’s job total between March and April reporting.
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