RACINE COUNTY — The county and city of Racine both experienced slightly reduced jobless rates in the 12 months from March 2015 to this March, the state reported Wednesday.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s jobless rate estimates for March had the county’s rate at 6.1 percent, down from 6.4 percent the previous March.
The city of Racine’s estimated unemployment rate for March was 7.2 percent, down by a half point from 7.7 percent the previous March. However, Racine maintained the state’s highest jobless rate among cities, ahead of Beloit at 6.7 percent and Milwaukee at 6.3 percent.
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Jobless rate estimates are a calculation based only on people who have a job or are considered to be actively looking for one. They do not account for jobless people who are not looking for work. Nor do they reflect underemployment: people who work part-time but want full-time jobs.
Other area jobless rates for this March, followed by last March:
- Caledonia – 5.3 percent, 5.2 percent.
- Mount Pleasant – 4.9 percent, 5.5 percent.
- Kenosha – 6.1 percent, 6.4 percent.
- Oak Creek – 4.4 percent, 4.7 percent.
Jobless rates are based on residency, regardless of where people work. The state also estimates the number of jobs within certain areas including Racine County. DWD reported that this county lost an estimated 100 jobs from last March to this one, declining from 75,200 to 75,100.