Rock County’s jobless rate drops
MADISON Unemployment rates decreased in Rock and 69 other Wisconsin counties in May.
Overall, the state unemployment rate in May was 6.7 percent, a decrease from the 7.2 percent rate posted in April and the same as the rate posted in May 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 8.5 percent in April to 8 percent in May.
In May 2012, the local rate was 8.3 percent.
April-to-May rates decreased in all 12 major metro areas in the state.
Of the 32 Wisconsin cities with at least 25,000 people, 27 had a decrease or no change.
Among counties, Rock had the 19th highest rate, while St Croix had the lowest at 4.4 percent.
Walworth County had a May unemployment rate of 6.8 percent, while Green and Jefferson counties had rates of 6.2 percent and 6.9 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 May was the ninth highest in the state. At 11.7 percent, Beloit had the highest rate among cities.
Local unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.