Superior, Douglas County joblessness relatively stableDepartment of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman today released preliminary July 2010 unemployment rates for Wisconsin cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman today released preliminary July 2010 unemployment rates for Wisconsin cities, counties, and metropolitan areas.
“Our economy continues to move forward, creating more than 25,000 jobs so far this year, almost all of them private sector jobs,” Gassman said. “Unemployment rates in communities across the state are declining, reflecting slow but steady progress. For those who remain out of work, we will continue to do all that we can to help them find good-paying jobs.”
The July 2010 rates, when compared with rates the previous month, were either lower or unchanged in all but five Wisconsin counties, lower or unchanged in 28 of Wisconsin’s 31 largest municipalities, and lower in all 12 metro areas. Compared with a year ago, the July 2010 rates were either lower or unchanged in all but five Wisconsin counties, and lower in all of Wisconsin’s 31 largest municipalities and in all 12 metro areas.
Superior’s rate was flat in July, at 8 percent, while Douglas County’s jobless rate rose slightly, from 7.6 to 7.7 percent. Year-over-year, Douglas County’s rate was flat while Superior’s jobless rate was down 0.3 percent, according to DWD data.
Seven metropolitan statistical areas either added jobs or remained steady, compared with the previous month’s seasonally adjusted totals. Sheboygan added 400 while Eau Claire and Racine each gained 300. Five MSAs added jobs or remained steady, compared with a year ago. Oshkosh-Neenah and Eau Claire each had gains of 1,300, while Green Bay added 800 from a year ago.
Of 63 counties with a lower monthly rate in July 2010, Iron County in northern Wisconsin had the biggest decrease, a drop to 9.5 percent from 10.9 percent. Crawford, Grant, La Crosse and Milwaukee had no rate change from the previous month. Compared with a year ago, 65 counties had lower rates with Oconto County recording the biggest decrease, a drop to 8.2 percent from 11.3 percent in July 2009. Six other counties had decreases of 2 percentage points or more including Dodge, Marinette, Manitowoc, Price, Rock and Washington. Adams and Sawyer had no rate change from a year ago.
Of 31 Wisconsin municipalities with at least 25,000 people, 24 experienced decreases, led by West Bend, with a drop to 10.3 percent from 11.3 percent in June. Fond du Lac and Kenosha, like Superior, had no change in unemployment rate from June to July. When compared with a year ago, Janesville had the largest decrease, a drop to 10.8 percent from 14.6 percent. Five cities had declines of more than 2 percentage points: Beloit, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Racine and West Bend.