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Unemployment remains low in Pierce, St. Croix

The latest Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) March jobless rates for the state’s 72 counties give more goods for the River Falls area.

At 5.3%, St. Croix County’s jobless rate is the fifth lowest in the state. Pierce County was even lower at 5%.

St. Croix’s March rate is lower than February’s final rate of 5.6%, but higher than the January rate of 5.1%. One year ago, St. Croix’s unemployment rate was estimated at 6.1%.

The DWD said jobless rates decreased or remained the same in all but six of Wisconsin’s 72 counties between February and March.

Compared to March 2013, the rates declined or remained the same in all but three counties.

Jobless rates between February and March also decreased in all but three of Wisconsin’s 32 municipalities with population bases of least 25,000 residents. Compared to one year ago, rates declined in all of the 32 largest communities.

Dane County had Wisconsin’s lowest jobless rate in March at 4.4% (down from 4.6% in February), followed by Calumet (5 %), Pierce (also at 5 %), La Crosse (5.1%), and St. Croix (5.3%).

Iron County (13.1%) had the highest unemployment rate in March, followed by Menominee (12.4%), Bayfield (12.3%), Vilas (12.1%), and Sawyer (11.5%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to Pierce and St. Croix referenced above, Dunn’s rate was 6.2% and Polk’s rate was 7.7%. All four counties had lower unemployment rates compared to March 2013.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area.

The Twin Cities reported an unemployment rate of 4.9% in March, compared to February’s rate of 5 %. One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 5.3%.