Beloit has highest jobless rate among cities

By Daily News Staff

MADISON — Beloit had the highest unemployment rate among the 32 largest communities in Wisconsin for the second month in a row in April.

Beloit had an unemployment rate of 4.8 percent in April, down from 5.7 percent in March and down from 5.9 percent in April of 2016.

Madison had the lowest unemployment rate in the state in April at 2 percent, down from 2.3 percent in March and down from 2.7 percent in April of 2016.

Racine had the second highest rate in Wisconsin at 4.5 percent in April, down from 5.3 percent in March, and Milwaukee had the third highest rate at 4.2 percent in April, down from 4.6 percent in March.

Nearby Janesville had the eighth highest rate in the state at 3.4 percent in April, down from 4.1 percent in March and down from 4.3 percent in April of 2016.
All 32 of Wisconsin’s largest communities saw unemployment rate reductions between March and April, according to Wisconsin Department of Workforce figures.

Rock County had an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent in April, down from 4.4 percent in March and down from 4.5 percent in April of 2016.

Walworth County had an unemployment rate of 2.9 percent in April, down from 3.8 percent in March and down from 4 percent in April of 2016.

Jefferson County had an unemployment rate of 3 percent in April, down from 3.8 percent in March and down from 3.8 percent in April of 2016.

Dane County had the lowest unemployment rate among Wisconsin’s 72 counties at 2.1 percent in April, down from 2.5 percent in March and down from 2.8 percent in April of 2016.

Iron County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.4 percent in April, down from 7.8 percent in March and down from 10.2 percent in April of 2016.

The statewide unemployment rate was 3.2 percent in April, down from 3.4 percent in March and down from 4.1 percent in April of 2016.

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