The Milwaukee metro area unemployment rate continued its downward trend in October, with the Milwaukee-West Allis-Waukesha region reporting a preliminary rate of 2.8% from 3.3% the previous month and 5.5% % in October 2020, according to data released Wednesday by the Ministry of Workforce Development.
By county, Washington County’s rate was low at 1.8% in October, down from 2.2% in September and 3.7% a year ago. The rates for Waukesha County were similar: 1.9% in October, 2.2% in September and 4% in October 2020. For Ozaukee County, the preliminary rate was 1.9% in October, 2, 2% in September and 3.9% in October 2020. In Milwaukee County, the preliminary unemployment rate for October is 3.5%, down from 4.1% last month and 6.7% in October 2020.
The DWD also provides unemployment data for the state’s largest municipalities.
For those in Waukesha County, Brookfield had a preliminary unemployment rate of 1.9% in October, down from 2.3% in September. Menomonee Falls rates were 2% in October, 2.4% in September; Muskego was 1.9% in October and 2.1% in September; New Berlin was 1.9% in October and 2.2% in September; and Waukesha’s rate was 2% in October and 2.3% in September.
In Washington County, West Bend’s preliminary unemployment rate was 2% in October and 2.5% in September.