Big drop in Beloit jobless statistics

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MADISON - Beloit recorded the largest unemployment rate drop in the state compared to the same month one year ago, according to figures released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Beloit's unemployment rate was 3.6 percent in October, down from 3.9 percent in September, and down 1.5 percent from October of 2016 when the rate was 5.1 percent. That's the biggest drop of the 32 largest communities in the state when comparing over-the-year rates.

Still, Beloit's jobless rate was the fourth highest among the 32.

Racine had the highest jobless rate at 4.3 percent, down from 5 percent in September and down from 5.6 percent in October of 2016. Milwaukee had the second highest rate at 4 percent in October, down from 4.4 percent in September. Kenosha had the third highest rate at 3.7 percent in October, down from 4 percent in September.

Madison had the lowest unemployment rate in the state at 2.1 percent in October, down from 2.3 percent in September and down from 2.8 percent in October of 2016.

Nearby Janesville had the 11th highest rate at 3.2 percent in October, down from 3.4 percent in September and down from 4.2 percent in October of 2016.

Unemployment rates declined between September and October in 30 of the state's largest communities. Rates stayed the same in Fitchburg and Mount Pleasant.

Rock County had an unemployment rate of 3.1 percent in October, down from 3.3 percent in September and down from 4.2 percent in October of 2016.

Walworth County had an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in October, down from 2.9 percent in September and down from 3.5 percent in October of 2016.

Jefferson County had an unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in October, down from 2.9 percent in September and down from 3.7 percent in October of 2016.

Dane County had a jobless rate of 2.2 percent in October, down from 2.3 percent in September and down from 2.8 percent in October of 2016.

Lafayette County had the lowest jobless rate among Wisconsin's 72 counties at 2.1 percent in October, down from 2.3 percent in September.

Menominee County had the highest rate in the state at 4.8 percent in October, down from 5.2 percent in September.

Unemployment rates declined in 67 of Wisconsin's 72 counties between September and October. Rates increased in Green Lake and Outagamie counties and they stayed the same in Pepin, Sauk and Vernon counties.

The statewide unemployment rate was 3.4 percent in October, down from 3.5 percent in September and down from 4.2 percent in October of 2016.

The national unemployment rate was 3.9 percent in October, down from 4.1 percent in September and 4.7 percent in October of 2016.

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