Unemployment in Dane County decreased across the board last month, compared to the rates from June 2016.

The state Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released data Wednesday showing the Dane County unemployment rate at 2.6 percent, down from 3.3 percent in June 2016. The local figures are not seasonally adjusted.

Madison, Fitchburg and Sun Prairie all had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.7 percent, down from 3.4 percent last June. Beloit’s unemployment rate was the highest at 5.2 percent, down from 6.4 percent in June 2016. Milwaukee’s rate was 5.0 percent last month, down from 6.5 percent.

Most counties in south-central Wisconsin saw their figures decrease by at least 0.7 of a percentage point. Dane, Lafayette, Green and Iowa counties had the lowest unemployment rates in Wisconsin. Menominee had the highest unemployment rate, at 6.5 percent, but experienced the largest improvement, from 8.9 percent last year.

Unemployment rates decreased year-over-year in all of the state’s counties, and in all 32 state municipalities in which DWD tracks unemployment rates.

The current state unemployment rate, a seasonally adjusted 3.1 percent, is the state’s lowest since October 1999, DWD said. It was 4.2 percent last June.


Lexy Brodt is a local reporting intern for the Wisconsin State Journal.