JANESVILLE

The unemployment rate in Rock County dipped to 3.3 percent in September, capping a six-month-long run during which unemployment has been below 4 percent.

According to state Department of Workforce Development data, the unemployment rate in both Rock County and the Janesville-Beloit metro area was 3.3 percent.

That matches the unemployment rate in May 2017, and joblessness edged a few notches lower here compared to August, when the unemployment rate was at 3.7 percent.

And it edges out the state average unemployment rate for September, which was 3.5 percent.

Since April 2017, the state Department of Workforce Development estimates Rock County has added about 1,032 jobs, and there were about 168 fewer people unemployed here in September than in April.

The state data measures a sliver of the local population that’s either working or actively seeking jobs, and the data is not seasonally corrected.

All told, the number of unemployed workers in Rock County who are actively seeking jobs has slipped from 4,163 to 2,883.

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