Jobless Filings Decrease In Dodge, Surrounding Counties

12/30/17 – The jobless numbers in November were down in every county throughout the state when compared to the previous year. That’s according to local figures released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Dodge and Columbia counties had identical numbers with a rate of 2.4 percent last month which was unchanged from October and nearly a full-percentage point below last year’s 3.2-percent. Washington County reported a 2.3-percent in November, down two-tenths from October and well below last year’s 3.1-percent. Fond du Lac County was also at 2.3-percent, down one-tenth from October and seven-tenths lower than last year’s unemployment rate of three-percent. Jefferson County was down two-tenths over the two-month period to 2.5-percent, over a full-percentage point lower than the same timeframe in 2016. Green Lake County dropped one-tenth from October-to-November to three-percent even, a drop of 1.4-percent from last year. Dane, Green and Lafayette counties all had the lowest rate in the state at two-percent even while Iron County had the highest at 5.3-percent. The November-to-November rate decreased or remained the same in 52 of the state’s 72 counties. Wisconsin’s seasonally-adjusted rate last month was down two-tenths from October at 3.2-percent. The national rate held steady at 4.1-percent.