RACINE COUNTY — The City of Racine’s unemployment rate dropped significantly from October 2016 to last month, but Racine did sit in last place in October among cities tracked by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
DWD released its October jobless rate estimates Wednesday; they show Racine’s rate was 4.3 percent, down markedly from 5.6 percent the previous October.
However, that 4.3 percent was highest among the 32 cities for which the agency tracks unemployment (Burlington is not among them). Next in order were: Milwaukee at 4.0 percent; Kenosha at 3.7 percent; Beloit at 3.6 percent and West Allis at 3.4 percent to round out the top five.
Caledonia’s estimated jobless rate last month was 3.2 percent compared with 3.7 percent the previous October. Mount Pleasant was also at 3.2 percent compared with 4.4 percent one year earlier.
Jobless rate estimates are based on people who are either working or actively seeking jobs. They do not figure in people who have given up looking. Nor do they show underemployment: people working part-time but wanting full-time jobs.
Unemployment rates are based on where people live regardless of whether they commute to another community for work. DWD also estimates the number of jobs each month in certain geographic areas including Racine County. In October, this county had about 78,100 jobs, the agency said, an increase of about 700 from the previous October’s 77,400.