Unemployment Dips Below Double Digit Peak

After posting double digit numbers last month, the unemployment rate in Dodge County has dropped. The jobless rate for August was at 9.5% down nearly a full percentage point from July but twice what it was last year at this same time. Columbia County dipped three-tenths of a percent to 7.7%. Jefferson County dropped two-tenths to 8.8%. Fond du Lac County is also at 8.8% after a half-point decline. Washington County is at 9.1%. According to the Department of Workforce Development, all but three counties in the state saw a decline in unemployment filings last month. Secretary Roberta Gassman calls that an “encouraging sign that the economy is improving.” Dane County continues to have the lowest rate in the state at 5.8%. Menominee County has the highest at 17.8% while Rock County is a distant second at 12%. Statewide, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate went down four-tenths from July to 8.4%, well below the national average of 9.6%.