Racine unemployment drops, city still ranked highest in the state

Unemployment-USAMADISON – 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 revisions for March 2015 and the preliminary estimates for April
2015. In brief, the not-seasonally adjusted estimates showed:

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Preliminary April 2015 unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted)
    decreased in all 12 metro areas compared to April 2014 with the largest decline of 1.6 percent in
    Wausau. The latest rates ranged from 3.1 percent in metro Madison to 5.5 percent in metro Racine.
    Rates also decreased in all 12 metro areas from March to April.
  • Municipalities: The April 2015 preliminary rates decreased in the state’s 32 largest municipalities
    compared to April 2014. The latest April rates ranged from 2.9 percent in Fitchburg, Madison, and Sun
    Prairie to 6.9 percent in Racine. Rates also decreased in all 32 municipalities from March to April.
  • Counties: April 2015 rates decreased in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties compared to rates in March 2014.
    The April rates ranged from 2.9 percent in Dane to 11.3 percent in Menominee. Rates also declined in all
    72 counties from March to April.


The release of the April 2015 local rates follow

City of Racine is still ranked as #1 in highest unemployment with a rate of  6.9% for April 2015 compared to 8.0% for March of 2015.

Caledonia – 4.4%- April 2015 , 5.7 %- April 2014.

Mount Pleasant – 4.9- April 2015 , 5.3 April 2014