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Waukesha Unemployment Rate Dips Slightly, to 8.6 Percent

The city ranks in the middle of Wisconsin municipalities, remaining slightly higher than the state rate of 8.2 percent.

Waukesha’s estimated unemployment rate in February was 16th of 32 Wisconsin municipalities with at least 25,000 people, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Department of Workforce Development.

The rate of 8.6 is down just a tick from 8.7 in January, which also was the rate in February 2012. Numbers are not seasonally adjusted.

According to a release from the state, this data is compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics based on Unemployment Insurance claims and a monthly survey of 1,450 Wisconsin households (0.06 percent), called the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS).

Municipalities with the five lowest rates in Feburary were:

  • Caledonia  4.3
  • Madison 5.3
  • Fitchburg 5.7
  • Wauwatosa 6.3
  • New Berlin 6.6

The municipalities with the five highest rates were:

  • Racine 13.4
  • Beloit 13.3
  • Milwaukee 11.1
  • Wausau 10.8
  • Kenosha 10.8

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