Pierce's unemployment rate lowest in state
On Dec. 26, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary November 2013 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties.
Pierce County’s rate for November was reported at 3.4 percent, the lowest in the state. At 3.7 percent, St. Croix County’s rate was the second-lowest.
DWD said rates decreased or remained the same in 19 of the 72 counties between October and November. Compared to November 2012, the rates declined in 64 counties, remained unchanged in one and increased in seven.
Rates either declined or remained the same in 18 of Wisconsin’s 32 municipalities with a population of least 25,000 residents between October and November. Compared to one year ago, rates declined in all municipalities except for one.
Dane County has the third-lowest rate in November at 4.0%, followed by Calumet (4.2 percent) and Trempealeau (also at 4.2 percent). Iron County (13.2 percent) had the highest unemployment rate in November, followed by Menominee (10.7 percent), Bayfield (10.3 percent), Vilas (9.5 percent) and Sawyer (9.2 percent).
St. Croix, Pierce, Polk and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to the November rates for St. Croix and Pierce (above), Dunn’s rate was 4.5 percent (up from October’s final rate of 4.4 percent) and Polk’s rate was 6.1 percent (up from October’s rate of 5.6 percent). Year over year, all four counties had lower unemployment rates.
The 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minn.-Wisconsin metro area reported an unemployment rate of 4.0 percent (down from the October rate of 4.1 percent). One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 4.8 percent.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin for October was estimated at 6.3 percent, which is down from October’s rate of 6.5 percent and September’s rate of 6.6 percent. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 6.7 percent.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. in November was estimated at 7.0 percent, which is down from October’s rate of 7.3 percent and September’s rate of 7.2 percent. One year ago, the U.S. rate was estimated at 7.9 percent.
November’s estimates are preliminary and were subject to revision.