Rock County unemployment rate drops
JANESVILLE--Rock County’s official unemployment rate reached a four-year low in October, but whether that’s cause for celebration remains to be seen.
The state’s Department of Workforce Development reported last week that the Janesville Metropolitan Statistical Area—which includes all of Rock County—had an October unemployment rate of 7.1 percent.
That’s still the highest of any of Wisconsin’s 12 statistical areas. Within the local area, Janesville posted an unemployment rate of 7.8 percent, while Beloit was at 9.2 percent, the sixth- and second-highest ranked cities in the state, respectively.
The local area’s rate, however, is down from the 7.9 percent posted in September and a significant improvement over October 2011, when the area unemployment rate was 8.4 percent.
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