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St. Croix County’s Unemployment Rate for December Rises to 4.9%; State’s Third-Lowest

The December 2012 unemployment rate for St. Croix County is 4.9%, making St. Croix’s unemployment rate the third lowest in the state.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary December 2012 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties on January 23rd. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 4.9%, which is above the October and November rate 4.3%.One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 5.0%.

DWD said all but two of the 72 counties had rate increases between November and December. Menominee had a 1.7% decrease and Kenosha had a 0.2% decrease. Year over year, 34 counties had a rate decrease, 25 had a rate increase, and 13 had no change. Of Wisconsin’s 32 municipalities with a population of least 25,000 residents, 25 had rate increases between November and December, and seven had either a decrease or no change. Seventeen had either a decrease or no change compared to December 2011.

Only two counties had lower unemployment rates than St. Croix in December. Dane had the lowest rate in the state at 4.4% (up from November’s rate of 4.2% and October’s rate of 4.0%), followed by Pierce, also at 4.8% (up from October’s and November’s rate of 4.2%), St. Croix (4.9%), Calumet (4.9%), and La Crosse (also at 4.9%). Menominee (12.7%) had December’s highest unemployment rate in the state, followed by Iron (12.5%), Bayfield (11.9%), Vilas (11.0%), and Door (10.7%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to the December rates for St. Croix and Pierce (above), Dunn County’s rate was 5.1% (up from 4.6%) and Polk County’s rate was 7.8%, compared to the November rate of 7.0%. Except for Polk, all four counties in the Greater St. Croix Valley had lower unemployment rates compared to December 2011. 

The 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area reported an unemployment rate of 5.1%, up from November’s rate of 5.0% and October’s rate of 5.2%. One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 5.5%. 

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in December was estimated at 6.6%, the same as November’s rate and lower than October’s rate of 6.9%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 7.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota for December was estimated at 5.5%, down from November’s rate of and October’s rate of 5.7%. Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted rate was 5.7% one year ago.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. in November was estimated at 7.8%, the same as November’s rate, but down from the October rate of 7.9%. One year ago the U.S. rate was estimated at 8.5%.

December’s estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.

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