Unemployment rate drops across Wisconsin

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

MADISON—The unemployment rate in the Janesville metro area decreased in July, as it did in all 11 other metro areas in the state, the Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday.

The department said the July rate for Rock County—also known as the Janesville Metropolitan Statistical Area—was 7.9 percent, down from the 8.5 percent reported in June and below the 8.6 percent tallied in July 2012.

Overall, the state unemployment rate in July was 6.8 percent, an decrease from the 7 percent rate posted in June and down from the 7.2 percent posted in July 2012, the department reported.

June-to-July rates decreased in all 12 major metro areas in the state.

Of the 32 Wisconsin cities with at least 25,000 people, unemployment rates dropped in 29.

Among counties, Rock County had the 16th highest rate, while St. Croix County had the lowest at 4.3 percent.

Walworth County had a July unemployment rate of 6.9 percent, while Green and Jefferson counties had rates of 5.8 percent and 7 percent, respectively. All three rates were lower than the previous month, the department reported.

Among individual cities, Janesville's rate of 8.5 percent in July was the ninth highest in the state.

With a July unemployment rate of 11.2 percent, Beloit had the second highest rate among Wisconsin cities. It trailed only Racine and its July unemployment rate of 12.3 percent.

Local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

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