Unemployment was down in Superior and Douglas County in July, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development.
According to the preliminary data, Douglas County’s unemployment claims dropped 0.7 percent between June and July. Claims were down a full percentage point from July of last year.
In Superior, unemployment rates dropped from 7.9 percent in July to 7.5 percent in July.
Preliminary July jobs and unemployment data for Wisconsin shows jobs were gained in Madison, Oshkosh-Neenah, Racine and Sheboygan, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Scott Baumbach said.
“As with the statewide employment estimates released last week, the local preliminary data for July show the impact of the national economic slowdown is reaching many parts of Wisconsin,” Baumbach said. “Despite these challenging times, several metro areas experienced job growth during the month. Additionally, we continue to see record numbers of postings on www.JobCenterofWisconsin.com, with the total surpassing 34,000 in recent days.”
Madison added 1,200 jobs, and Oshkosh-Neenah added 1,000 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis from June to July, leading the state’s gains.
In addition, all 12 metro areas experienced decreases in their unemployment rates from June to July, as did 69 of 72 counties, and 29 of Wisconsin’s 31 largest municipalities. Unlike the metro jobs numbers, unemployment rates for cities, counties and metro areas are not adjusted for seasonal factors.