Wisconsin’s unemployment dropped for the third consecutive month in August. That’s according to numbers from the state Department of Workforce Development, which show an August unemployment rate of 8.4 percent, down .04 percentage points from July and .08 percentage points since June, when the state’s unemployment rate crested at 9.2 percent.
Still, Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman notes many Wisconsin residents remain without work, even as the overall economy continues to show signs of a turnaround.
Despite the decline in joblessness, the August rate was still almost four percentage points higher than one year ago, when Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 4.6 percent. Wisconsin has lost more than 129,000 jobs this year.