Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson announced the preliminary September unemployment rates for Wisconsin's 72 counties on Oct. 26.
St. Croix County's rate was estimated at 4.9% which is down from the August rate of 5.8% and July's rate of 6.3%. One year ago, the county's unemployment rate was estimated at 5.6%.
DWD said 67 of the state's 72 counties had lower unemployment rates in September compared to August, and three counties reported no change.
In announcing the rates, Secretary Newson said, "Many employment opportunities are available. Employers in manufacturing and other sectors tell us they have jobs to fill. We continue to see postings in excess of 33,000 on www.JobCenterWisconsin.com."
Only Pierce County had an unemployment rate lower than St. Croix in September, although both counties reported rates of 4.9%. Iowa County recorded the third-lowest rate at 5.0% (down from 5.2% in August), followed by Pepin at 5.1% (down from 5.7% in August), and Dane at 5.1% (the same rate as August). Menominee County had the highest rate in September at 13.9% (down from 21.8%), followed Rusk at 9.6%, Lincoln at 9.6%, Rock at 9.0%, and Milwaukee at 8.8%.
"The unemployment rate in St. Croix County has been on a nice declining run," said William Rubin, executive director of St. Croix Economic Development Corporation. "From July to August the rate declined one-half of a percent, and from August to September it was down almost a full point. Contributing factors certainly include our close proximity to the Twin Cities metro area and our enviable location along I-94."
Wisconsin's St. Croix Valley is comprised of Polk, St. Croix, and Pierce counties. Polk County's rate was at 7.6% (down from 7.8% in August) as compared to the 4.9% rate shared by St. Croix and Pierce. The 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area reported an unemployment rate of 6.0% in September compared to 6.7% in August and 7.5% in July.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in September was estimated at 7.8% which is down from August's rate of 7.9% and the same as July's. The state's seasonally adjusted rate was 7.9% one year ago.
The preliminary unemployment rate in the U.S. in September was estimated at 9.1%, which is the same rate as August and July. One year ago the U.S. rate was estimated at 9.6%.
September's estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.