5/26/17 – April jobless numbers in the region and around the state have decreased. According to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, the unemployment rate in Dodge County last month was 2.7%, which is over a full percentage point below April of last year and eight-tenths lower than March. Columbia County was also at 2.7%, a full point below the 2016 number. Jobless filings in Fond du Lac and Washington counties were both at 2.4% last month, each dropping six-tenths from March and around a full-percentage point from last year. Jefferson County was at three-percent in April, eight-tenths lower than the previous month and the previous April. Green Lake County reported a 3.3%, down from March’s 4.6% and last April’s 5.2%. Thirteen counties in far northern Wisconsin had the highest unadjusted unemployment rates among the 72 counties, while 44 had record lows for April. Iron County was the highest at 7.4% and Dane County was the lowest at 2.1%. The unemployment rate in April decreased in all 72 counties when compared to both last month and April of last year.