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Pierce County jobless rate tied for the best

According to May data from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD), Pierce and Dane counties tied for the lowest jobless rate among the state’s 72 counties.

Pierce and Dane had 3.8% unemployment rates. St. Croix County was right behind with the state’s third lowest rate for May at 3.9%.

Both Pierce and St. Croix saw jobless rates drop from April when both counties were at 4.3%.

The DWD said jobless rates declined in all but three of Wisconsin’s 72 counties from April to May. Dane, Milwaukee and Ozaukee counties had no change from April to May.

Other low jobless rates for May were found in the counties of Pepin at 4% and Calumet at 4.1%

Menominee County, at 15.1%, had the state’s highest unemployment rate in May, followed by Iron (11.3%), Ashland (8.5%), Vilas (8.1%), and Sawyer (also at 8.1%).

Unemployment was 4.7% in Dunn County and 5.7% in Polk.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area.

The Twin Cities reported an unemployment rate of 4% in May, compared to 4.1% in April and 4.9% in March.

One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 4.6%.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate in May was 5.7% -- a year ago it was 6.8%.

In Minnesota it was 4.6% in May (5.1% a year ago) and in the United States it was 6.3% (7.5% a year ago).