Unemployment Remains Low In Region, State

4/28/17 – Unemployment in the region remains on a downward trend. Also, double digit unemployment has disappeared in Wisconsin counties in recent months. According to figures released by the state Department of Workforce Development, jobless filings in Dodge County were at 3.5-percent in March, a full-percentage point below last year’s numbers and eight-tenths of a percent below February. Columbia County was at 3.4-percent last month and Jefferson County was at 3.8-percent, both also down eight-tenths from the previous month and around a full-percentage point from March 2016. Green Lake County dropped two full-percentage points from last year to 4.6-percent and a point-and-a-half from February. Washington and Fond du Lac counties are tied for the fourth lowest unemployment in Wisconsin at 3-percent even. Dane County has the state’s lowest unadjusted rate at 2.5-percent while Iron County has the highest at 7.9-percent. The statewide unadjusted rate for March was three-point-seven-percent — and the seasonally adjusted Wisconsin rate, announced last week, was three-point-four, the lowest since April of 2000.