Pierce, St. Croix have Wisconsin's lowest jobless rates
According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Pierce and St. Croix counties are leading the way when it comes to low unemployment.
The DWD’s latest figures from November put the jobless rate in Pierce County at 3.4% with St. Croix County right behind at 3.7%. Those are the lowest rates in Wisconsin.
Dane County was third lowest at 4% followed by Calumet County at 4.2% and Trempealeau County at 4.2%.
Iron County at 13.2% was highest in the state followed by Menomonee, 10.7%, Bayfield, 10.3%, Vilas, 9.5% and Sawyer, 9.2%.
The DWD said jobless rates decreased or remained the same in 19 of the 72 counties between October and November.
Compared to November 2012, the rates declined in 64 counties, remained unchanged in one, and increased in seven.
Rates either declined or remained the same in 18 of Wisconsin’s 32 municipalities with a population of least 25,000 residents between October and November. Compared to one year ago, rates declined in all municipalities except for one.
St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to the November jobless rates for St. Croix and Pierce, Dunn’s rate was 4.5%, (up from October’s final rate of 4.4%) and Polk’s rate was 6.1% (up from October’s rate of 5.6%).
The 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area reported an unemployment rate of 4.0% (down from the October rate of 4.1%). One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 4.8%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin for October was estimated at 6.3%, down from October’s rate of 6.5% and September’s rate of 6.6%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 6.7%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota for November was estimated at 4.6% (down from the October rate of 4.8%). Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted rate one year ago was 5.5%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. in November was estimated at 7 %, which is down from October’s rate of 7.3% and September’s rate of 7.2%. One year ago the U.S. rate was estimated at 7.9%.