State unemployment rate hits record low


Wisconsin’s unemployment rate in December declined to a record low of 2.8%, down from 3.0% in November, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The data, released by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), also showed that the total number of people in Wisconsin who are counted as unemployed declined to a record low of 86,200.

“In December, Wisconsin reached a record low for both the number of unemployed workers and our unemployment rate, which is great news for our state,” Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. “For those who are still looking for work, the Workforce Innovation Grant Program, the Worker Advancement Initiative, and the Worker Connection Program, as well as traditional DWD job seeker services provide great opportunities to find a job and a well-paying career in 2022.”

With the greater competition for talent, DWD encourages employers to connect with the agency’s local business services representatives. The business services representatives can help employers find qualified job applicants with diverse abilities, build strategies to maintain a competitive advantage by retaining existing workers, and connect to workforce planning resources and labor market information.

Anne Allen-Wyman is Monroe County’s representative. She can be reached at 608-405-4546.


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