The unemployment rate dropped or stayed the same in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties during July when compared to the previous July, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday.

The figures, which are not seasonally adjusted, also show that unemployment dropped in Wisconsin's 12 main metro areas last month compared to July 2016, and those rates either dropped or stayed the same in July compared to June.

Dane and Iowa counties had the state's lowest unemployment rate in July at 2.5 percent. Menominee County had the highest at 7.4 percent.

Statewide, the preliminary figures put the unemployment rate at 3.2 percent for July. It is lower than the July 2016 rate of 4.2 percent and slightly up from this year's 3.1 percent jobless rate in June.

The labor force participation rate in Wisconsin stands at 68.8 percent, which outpaces the national rate of 62.9 percent, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.

Wisconsin added 26,500 non-farm jobs and 25,000 private-sector jobs from July 2016 to July 2017, the Department of Workforce Development said.

Fitchburg led the state with the lowest July rate at 2.4 percent out of 32 Wisconsin cities counted, followed by Madison and Sun Prairie, which each had 2.5 percent unemployment.


Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.