Wisconsin unemployment rate continues to drop

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staff, Gazette
Thursday, May 23, 2013

— Unemployment rates decreased in Rock and 67 other Wisconsin counties in April, continuing a trend typically seen as local economies come out of the winter doldrums and move into the spring and summer hiring seasons.

Overall, the state unemployment rate in April was 7.2 percent, a decrease from the 7.7 percent rate posted in March and higher than 6.8 percent posted in April 2012, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday.

In Rock County, also known as the Janesville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the overall unemployment rate decreased from 9.1 percent in March to 8.5 percent in April.

In April 2012, the local rate was 8.2 percent.

March-to-April rates decreased in all 12 major metro areas in the state.

Of the 32 Wisconsin cities with at least 25,000 people, all but two posted unemployment rate decreases.

Among counties, Rock had the 22nd highest rate, while Dane County had the lowest at 4.9 percent. Walworth County had an April unemployment rate of 7.5 percent, while Green and Jefferson counties had rates of 6.8 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively.

Among individual cities, Janesville’s rate of 9 percent was the 10th highest in the state. At 11.7 percent, Beloit was the second highest behind Racine’s rate of 12.2.

Local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted and are based on a survey of 1,450 households.

Last updated: 10:33 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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