Northwestern Wisconsin jobless rates fall in May

Northwestern Wisconsin jobless rates fall in May Photo: WDIO/MGN

Jon Ellis, WDIO-TV
Updated: June 24, 2020 01:15 PM

Jobless rates in northwestern Wisconsin fell from April to May but remained at levels not seen in decades, according to statistics released Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Development.


Monthly unemployment rates fell in all seven counties within the WDIO viewing area, as well as in the City of Superior. The May rates ranged from a low of 11.7% in Washburn County to a high of 19.0% in Iron County.

Superior's 17.5% unemployment rate was the highest among large cities in Wisconsin.

Data shows a combined 10,283 people were unemployed in May in Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, and Washburn counties. That's a decline of more than 3,000 people from April.

Regionally, May's jobless rates were second only to April in data going back 30 years.

Local unemployment statistics are not adjusted for normal seasonal variations.

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May unemployment rates:
Ashland County 16.0%
Bayfield County 16.9%
Burnett County 15.5%
Douglas County 17.8%
Iron County 19.0%
Sawyer County 12.3%
Washburn County 11.7%
City of Superior 17.5%


Jon Ellis, WDIO-TV

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