The Wisconsin Department of Workforce released their March 2012 Unemployment Rates. Racine has taken back it’s #1 spot which it has held for many many months. The City of Racine’s unemployment rate for March tops out at 11.9% beating out Beloit with their 11.8%, Caledonia had the lowest March 2012 rate, 3.5 percent.
But eight of 12 metro areas gain jobs over the month; metro Milwaukee estimates decline by 4,400.
MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today announced U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary March employment data for Wisconsin counties, metro areas and large municipalities.
“Compared to a year ago, unemployment rates are lower in all major cities, all metro areas and all but three counties,” DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. “More people are working, and we expect more to return to work as the hiring season progresses.”
Secretary Newson said job openings on www.JobCenterofWisconsin.com, have exceeded 36,000 statewide
in recent weeks, and he urges job seekers to visit the website and pursue these opportunities.
JOBS DATA (METRO AREAS ONLY)
Eight metro areas added jobs over the month on a seasonally adjusted basis, including Appleton (+200), Fond du Lac (+400), Janesville (+600), La Crosse (+700), Madison (+1,000), Racine (+800), Sheboygan (+100) and Wausau (+600). Four metro areas saw job numbers decline including Eau Claire (-800), Green Bay (-1,500), Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (-4,400) and Oshkosh-Neenah (-500).
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES (NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
All 12 metro areas had lower rates in March than in February and the same month a year ago Janesville had the highest rate at 9.2 percent and Madison had the lowest at 5.3 percent. Both Janesville and Sheboygan had the year-over-year decreases of 1.3 percentage points. Janesville’s rate dropped from 10.5 percent in March 2011 to 9.2 percent last month; Sheboygan’s rate, from 8.6 percent to 7.3 percent.
Of 32 municipalities with at least 25,000 residents, only Franklin had a rate increase over the month, from 6.1 percent in February to 6.2 percent in March. The rest had decreases over the month, and all had rate declines from a year ago. Caledonia had the lowest March 2012 rate, 3.5 percent, while Racine had the highest at 11.9 percent.
Of 72 counties, 67 had lower rates over the month. Ashland, Forest, Menominee and Vilas had increases. Iron had no change. Compared to a year ago, 69 had lower rates. Bayfield, Menominee and Sawyer had rate increases. Dane had the lowest rate, 5.0 percent; Menominee, the highest rate, 16.2 percent.
For more information and their data visit the Department of Workforce Development at
March 2012 Unemployment Rates.