Wisconsin Unemployment Numbers Remain At Record Low Levels

(Dodge County) Unemployment in the region and around the state remains at record low levels. According to the Department of Workforce Development, jobless filings in Dodge County last month were at 2.1-percent, a drop of a half percentage point from August. Last year at the same time filings were at 2.4-percent. Columbia and Fond du Lac counties were also at 2.1-percent in September, a drop over the two-month period of six-tenths for Columbia and eight-tenths for Fond du Lac. Jefferson and Washington counties were both at 2.3-percent last month, both down a half-point from the previous month. Green Lake County reported a 2.4-percent, down from 3.2-percent in August. Iowa and Lafayette counties tied for the lowest rate in the state at 1.8-percent while Menominee County had the highest at 5.5-percent. The preliminary rates declined from September 2017 to September 2018 in 71 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, with 23 counties setting or tying their all-time record low unemployment rate for any month. The release of the local rates follows last week’s release of monthly statewide estimates which show that Wisconsin maintained a seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate of three-percent or lower for the eighth consecutive month, setting another record. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate of three-percent was tied for the tenth lowest in the nation. The data also showed that Wisconsin’s addition of 22,800 manufacturing jobs over the two year period ranked second nationally and was number one in the Midwest.