MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates of unemployment and employment statistics for Wisconsin metropolitan areas, major cities and counties in Wisconsin for August 2019.

In brief, the non-seasonally adjusted data for Wisconsin shows:

  • Metropolitan Statistical Areas: Preliminary August unemployment rates ranged from 2.5 percent in Madison to 4.3 percent in Racine. From July 2019 to August 2019, unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 11 of Wisconsin's 12 metro areas, while rates increased in all of Wisconsin's 12 metro areas from August 2018 to August 2019.
  • Municipalities: Preliminary August unemployment rates ranged from 2.4 percent in Fitchburg to 5.8 percent in Racine. Unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 26 of Wisconsin's 33 largest cities from July 2019 to August 2019, while rates stayed the same or increased in all 33 cities from August 2018 to August 2019.
  • Counties: Preliminary August unemployment rates for Wisconsin counties ranged from 2.5 percent in Dane and Iowa counties to 13.4 percent in Menominee. From July 2019 to August 2019, unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 61 of Wisconsin's 72 counties. From August 2018 to August 2019, rates increased in 71 of 72 counties.

Today's full report can be viewed on DWD's premier source for labor market information, WisConomy.com.