Rock County unemployment rate continues to top state
Rock County continues to lead the state in unemployment, and it’s the only metro area with a rate in double digits.
The Janesville-Beloit area’s December unemployment rate of 11 percent is up slightly from the November rate and up dramatically from the 8.1 percent reported in December 2008, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
For its unemployment reporting purposes, the Janesville MSA and Rock County are the same. While the local MSA rate topped the state’s 12 MSAs, it was the ninth-highest among Wisconsin’s 72 counties. Menominee County posted an unemployment rate of 12.2 percent in December.
Among Wisconsin cities, Beloit topped the list at 16 percent. Racine and West Bend trailed at 15.1 percent and 12.4 percent, respectively.
Janesville was sixth at 11.5 percent, down from 11.7 percent in November.
“The December local unemployment rates underscore the challenges we face,” Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman said. “Working with our regional partners, we continue to do all that we can to connect job seekers and employers and move the economy forward.”