Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Notice anything missing besides the jobs?

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The Department of Workforce Development has released the local unemployment numbers and, as you may have guessed, the metro Milwaukee area suffered the most losses in the state.

The Milwaukee MSA (Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington) lost 4,400 jobs in the last month and lost 3,800 jobs over a year ago. The city of Milwaukee’s unemployment rate is 10.4% (compared to Milwaukee County’s 8.6%).

Unfortunately the DWD does not break down the job loss by municipality. However, we can compare the city of Milwaukee unemployment rates with surrounding communities. Waukesha County’s unemployment rate is comparatively much better at 6.4%, Washington County’s rate was 7.1% and Ozaukee County’s was 6.2%. The city of Waukesha’s rate was 8.2% and Brookfield’s was 5.8%, while West Bend is hurting at 10.2%.

Missing from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story is any political context for these numbers. There are no quotes from either the Walker campaign or the Barrett campaign. Just a lot of caveats about how the numbers may change, a nuance lacking in most reports about the state’s unemployment numbers.

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