Unemployment estimates released, City of Racine still ranks 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 August 2015 and the preliminary estimates for September 2015.

In brief, the not-seasonally adjusted estimates showed:

 Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Preliminary September 2015 unemployment rates decreased in all 12 metro areas compared to September 2014 with the largest declines of 1.3 percent in Oshkosh-Neenah, Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, and Racine. The latest rates ranged from 2.7 percent in metro Madison to 4.6 percent in metro Racine. Rates also decreased in all 12 metro areas from August 2015 to September 2015.

 Municipalities: The September 2015 preliminary rates decreased in the state’s 32 largest municipalities compared to September 2014. The latest September rates ranged from 2.6 percent in Madison and Sun Prairie to 5.7 percent in Racine. Rates also decreased in 29 of the 32 largest municipalities from August 2015 to September 2015.

City of Racine still ranked #1 for highest unemployment in the State of Wisconsin.

City of Racine – September 2015-5.7%, August 2015-6.6%, September 2014-7.7%
Caledonia – September 2015-4.1%, August 2015-4.5%, September 2014-4.8%
Mount Pleasant – September 2015-4.0%, August 2015-4.5%, September 2014-5.0%
Kenosha- September 2015-4.7%, August 2015-5.0%, September 2014-5.9%

Jobless rates only measure employment among those who are working or actively seeking work. They do not measure underemployment: People who have part-time jobs but want full-time work.