WISCONSIN LOCAL EMPLOYMENT & UNEMPLOYMENT ESTIMATES RELEASED
MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor
Statistics (BLS) preliminary estimates of unemployment and employment statistics in May for metro areas, major
cities and counties in the state of Wisconsin. In brief, the estimates showed:
Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Preliminary unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) declined in all
12 metro areas year over year. The May 2012 rates ranged from 4.9 percent in metro Madison to 8.4 percent
in metro Janesville.
Municipalities: Of 32 municipalities with at least 25,000 residents, 30 had either declines or no change in
unemployment rates year over year. From April to May, 11 had either declines or no change in rates, while 21
experienced an uptick in rates, no more than 0.6 of a percentage point (Beloit, Neenah and Superior). Rates
ranged from 3.8 percent in Caledonia to 11.6 percent in Beloit.
Counties: Of 72 counties, 69 had rate declines or no change year over year. Between April and May, 36 had
rate declines by as much as 2.2 percent in Vilas and 2.0 percent in Bayfield. Six had no change. For 30, rates
edged upward, less than half of a percentage point for all but Douglas, which had an increase of 0.6 of a
percentage point. Rates ranged from 4.7 percent in Dane to 15.1 percent in Menominee.
Milwaukee unemployment rate went from 10.2% in April to 10.7% in May.
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