(Dodge County) The jobless rate in the region, and half of the state, is below three percent. That’s according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development which reports that the unemployment rate in Dodge, Columbia and Fond du Lac County in April was 2.3-percent. In Dodge County, that is a drop of seven-tenths from March and a half-point lower than the same time last year. Columbia County was 2.9-percent in March while Fond du Lac County was 2.7-percent. Washington County reported a 2.1-percent last month, down a half-point over the two-month period. Jefferson County was at 2.5-percent after posting a 3.1-percent. Green Lake County was down three-tenths from March to 2.9-percent. Dane and Lafayette counties tied for the lowest rate in the state at 1.8-percent while Iron County had the highest at 7.9-percent. Preliminary April rates declined or stayed the same in 63 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties when compared over the year to April 2017. Florence County had the largest year over year decline of 1.1-percent since April 2017, followed by Rock County’s 0.9 percent decline. Forty-five (45) of the state’s 72 counties experienced or tied their lowest April unemployment rate on record in 2018 (1990). Wisconsin ranked third nationally in the number of manufacturing jobs added in 2018. The state’s record-low unemployment rate of 2.8-percent in April ranks fifth nationally and tied for first in the Midwest.