The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) estimates of unemployment and employment statistics for metro areas, major cities and counties in Wisconsin. The estimates include updates for May 2016 and the preliminary estimates for June 2016. The City of Racine still ranked #1 for having the highest unemployment rates in the State of Wisconsin
• Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Preliminary June 2016 unemployment rates decreased in all 12 metro areas compared to June 2015. The largest 12-month decline was 0.8 percent in Janesville-Beloit. The latest rates ranged from 3.4 percent in metro Madison to 5.5 percent in metro Racine. The not-seasonally adjusted data showed an increased rate in all metro areas when comparing the May and June 2016 rates.
• Municipalities: Preliminary June 2016 rates decreased or remained the same in 29 of the state’s 32 largest municipalities compared to June 2015. The latest rates ranged from 3.2 percent in Fitchburg and Sun Prairie to 6.9 percent in Racine. The not-seasonally adjusted data showed an increase when comparing May and June 2016 rates for the state’s 32 largest municipalities.
• Counties: Preliminary June 2016 rates decreased or remained the same in 68 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties compared to rates in June 2015. The latest rates ranged from 3.3 percent in Dane and Lafayette to 9.1 percent in Menominee.
City of Racine June 2016-6.9%; May 2016- 5.9% June 2015- 7.4%
Mount Pleasant- June 2016-5.0%; May 2016- 4.2%; June 2015 -5.6%
Caledonia-June 2016-4.9%; May 2016- 4.0%; June 2015- 5.1%
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