The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary November 2012 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties on December 27th. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 4.3% which is the same as the October rate, but lower than September’s rate of 4.4%.One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 4.7%.
DWD said all but three of the 72 counties had rate increases between October and November. Ozaukee, Pierce and St. Croix had no change month over month. Sixty counties had either a decrease or no change year over year. Of Wisconsin’s 32 municipalities with a population of least 25,000 residents, all had rate increases between October and November except for Caledonia, which had no change in its month over month rate. Twenty-six had either a decrease or no change compared to November 2011.
Only two counties had lower unemployment rates than St. Croix in November. Dane had the lowest rate in the state at 4.2% (up from October’s rate of 4.0% but lower than September’s rate of 4.4%), followed by Pierce, also at 4.2% (the same rate as October), St. Croix (4.3%), Calumet (4.7%), and Dunn (also at 4.7%). Menominee (13.5%) had November’s highest unemployment rate in the state, followed by Iron (11.9%), Bayfield (10.7%), Sawyer (9.9%) and Vilas (9.8%).
St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to the November rates for St. Croix, Pierce, and Dunn (above), Polk County’s rate was 7.0%, compared to the October rate of 6.1% and September’s rate of 6.7%. All four counties in the Greater St. Croix Valley had lower unemployment rates compared to November 2011.
The 13-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area reported an unemployment rate of 5.0% in November, down from October’s rate of 5.2% and September’s rate of 5.3%. One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 5.2%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in November was estimated at 6.7%, down from October’s rate of 6.9% and September’s rate of 7.3%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 7.3%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota for November was estimated at 5.7%, down from 5.8% in both October and September. Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted rate was 5.9% one year ago.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. in November was estimated at 7.7%, down from the October rate of 7.9% and September’s rate of 7.8%. One year ago the U.S. rate was estimated at 8.7%.
November’s estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.