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St. Croix County’s Unemployment Rate for September Drops

The September unemployment rate for St. Croix County drops to 4.5%; the state’s fourth-lowest with neighboring Pierce County claiming the state’s unemployment lowest.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary September 2012 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties on October 24th. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 4.5% compared to the August rate of 5.1% and July’s rate of 5.4%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 4.7%.

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

Only three counties had lower unemployment rates than St. Croix in September. Pierce had the lowest rate in the state at 4.3% (down from August’s rate of 5.1% and July’s rate of 5.3%), followed by Dane at 4.4% (down from August’s rate of 5.0% and July’s rate of 5.3%), then Pepin at 4.4% (down from the August rate of 5.5% and July’s rate of 5.6%), St. Croix at 5.1%, and Lafayette at 4.6%. Menominee (13.7%) had September’s highest unemployment rate in the state, followed by Iron (8.9%), Adams (8.3%), Lincoln (8.2%), and Milwaukee (8.0%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to the September rates for St. Croix and Pierce (above), Dunn County’s rate was 4.9% (down from the August rate of 6.4% and July’s rate of 6.5%). Polk County’s rate in September was 6.7%, compared to the August rate of 7.6% and July’s rate of 8.0%. 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 5.3% in September, down from August’s rate of 5.7% and July’s rate of 5.9%. One year ago, the unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 5.9%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in September was estimated at 7.3%, down from the August rate of 7.5% and the same as July’s 7.3% rate. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 7.4%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota for September was estimated at 5.8%, down from August’s rate of 5.9%, and the same as July’s rate of 5.8%. Minnesota’s seasonally adjusted rate was 6.3% one year ago.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. in September was estimated at 7.8%, down from August’s rate of 8.1% and July’s rate of 8.3%. One year ago the U.S. rate was estimated at 9.0%.

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

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Tami Breazeale November 04, 2012 at 04:32 AM
So, if someone collects unemployment in MN, but lives in St. Croix county, do they count in the St. Croix county figures?

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