St. Croix EDC: St. Croix County's unemployment rate for June rises
Contact: Bill Rubin/Jacki Bradham, St. Croix EDC, 715-381-4383
Rate of 5.7% is Stateís 5th-lowest; Rate Increase Follows Trends Elsewhere
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary June 2012 unemployment rates for Wisconsinís 72 counties on July 25th. St. Croix Countyís rate was estimated at 5.8% compared to the May rate of 4.9% and Aprilís rate of 5.3%. One year ago, the countyís unemployment rate was estimated at 6.1%.
DWD said 65 counties had rate declines or no change compared to a year ago. Between May and June, seven counties had a decline or no change in their rate. Rates in the remaining counties increased. Of Wisconsinís 32 municipalities with a population of least 25,000 residents, 29 had declines in unemployment rates year over year. From May to June, all 32 municipalities had rate increases.
Four counties, Dane, Pierce, Calumet and Trempealeau had lower unemployment rates than St. Croix in June. The lowest rate in the state was in Dane (5.4%, up from Mayís rate of 4.7%), followed by Pierce at 5.6% (up from 4.8%), Calumet at 5.7% (up from 5.1%), and Trempealeau, also at 5.7%. Menominee (19.3%) had the highest unemployment rate in the state, followed by Iron (10.8%), Lincoln (10.0%), Forest (also at 10.0%), and Ashland (9.7%).
St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsinís Greater St. Croix Valley. Pierce Countyís unemployment rate for June was 5.6% (up from Mayís rate of 4.8% and Aprilís rate of 5.1%). Polkís rate increased from 7.8% in May to 8.3% in June (Aprilís rate was to 7.8%). Dunn Countyís unemployment rate in June was 6.9%, up from Mayís rate of 5.7% and Aprilís rate of 5.6%. Except for Polk which maintained the same rate, all other counties in the Greater St. Croix Valley had lower unemployment rates year over year.
The 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area reported an unemployment rate of 5.8% in June which is up from the May rate of 5.2% and Aprilís rate of 5.1%. One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 6.7%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in June was estimated at 7.0%, up slightly from Mayís rate of 6.8% and Aprilís rate of 6.7%. One year ago, the stateís seasonally adjusted rate was 7.6%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota for June was estimated at 5.6, which is the same rate as in May and April. Minnesotaís seasonally adjusted rate was 6.7% one year ago.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. in June was estimated at 8.2%, which is the same rate as in May and up slightly from the April rate of 8.1%. One year ago the U.S. rate was estimated at 9.1%.
Juneís estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.
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