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St. Croix County’s Unemployment Rate for October Drops

The October unemployment rate for St. Croix County drops to 4.3%; the Greater St. Croix Valley had lower unemployment rates year over year.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary October 2012 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties on November 21st. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 4.3% compared to the September rate of 4.4% and August’s rate of 5.1%. The preliminary rate for September was previously announced at 4.5% and was finalized at 4.4%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 4.6%.

DWD said 71 of the 72  counties had rate declines between September and October, and all but one had declines compared to October 2011. Of Wisconsin’s 32 municipalities with a population of least 25,000 residents, all but one had declines in unemployment rates between September and October, and all had declines year over year.

Nine counties had lower unemployment rates than St. Croix in October. Dane had the lowest rate in the state at 4.0% (down from September’s rate of 4.4% and August’s rate of 5.0%), followed by Pepin, also at 4.0%, Grant (4.2%), Lafayette (4.2%), and Pierce (4.2%). Menominee (12.5%) had October’s highest unemployment rate in the state, followed by Iron (9.1%), Adams (7.9%), Kenosha (7.6%), and Lincoln (7.5%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to the October rates for St. Croix and Pierce (above), Dunn County’s rate was 4.3% (down from the September rate of 4.9% and August’s rate of 6.4%). Polk County’s rate in October was 6.1%, compared to the September rate of 6.7% and August’s rate of 7.6%. All four 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 5.2% in October, down from September’s rate of 5.3% and August’s rate of 5.7%. One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 5.4%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in October was estimated at 6.9%, down from the September rate of 7.3% and August’s rate of 7.5%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 7.3%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota for October was estimated at 5.8%, unchanged from September and down from August’s rate of 5.9%. Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted rate was 6.1% one year ago. 

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. in October was estimated at 7.9%, up from the September rate of 7.8%, but lower than August’s rate of 8.1%. One year ago the U.S. rate was estimated at 8.9%.

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

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yomammy December 04, 2012 at 01:41 PM
must be all those jobs Walker is not creating....eh dems? oh, this is probably obamas doing...
Hudsoner December 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM
yomammy, I hate to burst your bubble. it is the Minnesota economy that influences the St. Croix county employment situation. Wisconsin has not much influence here!
yomammy December 04, 2012 at 03:37 PM
i guess i was referring to the better job numbers across the board.
Carbon Bigfuut December 04, 2012 at 05:33 PM
The MN economy will help the western WI economy for the at least the next 2 years, as MN is already talking about raising taxes on just about everything. Businesses will practically be sprinting across the border.
Paine Reliever December 05, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Thank God for that, carbon. I can't wait for that new big commercial development to break ground at the dog track site because of all the Minnesota commercial developers sprinting our way. It is one third of our commercial land that is finite and non-replaceable you know.
yomammy December 05, 2012 at 01:25 PM
More business here the better. Contrary to obama and the lefties, business brings jobs, money, and prosperity to the area. I know working is for sukkas, but I refuse to be a part of the FSA.
Hudsoner December 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Hoe is that yomammy? When did either Obama or the lefties (who are they????) ever say that business does not bring jobs? Any examples for this? Or did you just want to be polemic here?
yomammy December 05, 2012 at 06:26 PM
They ALWAYS say that!!! Good god do you ever watch the news? Remember how "trickle down" dosent work???? Remember how business's build their empire on the backs of the "poor"? Its on the news EVERY day. wow... blinders much?
Paine Reliever December 05, 2012 at 07:25 PM
Triickle down doesn't work.
yomammy December 05, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Massive .gov taxing and handouts to the FSA are a much better idea... Screw "working" for your money/rent/food...Uncle Sugar for all!!!

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