Recording of Transportation Update

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WI DOT’s Transportation Update Recording

On Thursday December 7, St. Croix EDC hosted Jerry Mentzel, director of WisDOT’s Northwest Region to give an update of transportation projects around the county. Find the recording HERE (Passcode: m9##TCy1) and download the presentation slides here. Find presenter notes in the top left corner of the slides. 

Be sure to scroll to bottom of this article for more geographical information.

Jerry Mentzel, a civil engineer, is the director of WisDOT’s Northwest Region, which encompasses 20 counties in northwestern Wisconsin, including St. Croix County. He has been with WisDOT for more than 30 years, manages a staff of more than 150 full- and part-time employees and promotes and implements WisDOT policies, programs, services and strategies.

October 2023 Unemployment is 3.1%

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St. Croix County’s October Unemployment Rate is 3.1%

On November 22nd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary October 2023 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 35 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s October rate was estimated at 3.1%, which is lower than Septembers final rate of 3.3% and August’s final rate of 3.8%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.6%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates from September to October decreased in 71 counties and was unchanged in one Wisconsin county over the month; over-the-year rates decreased
or didn’t change in four of Wisconsin’s 72 counties and increased in the remaining 68 counties. Current rates range from 2.1% in Lafayette to 5.5% in Menominee.

The counties with the lowest unemployment rates in October include Lafayette (2.1%), Green (2.3%), and Dane, Iowa, Kewaunee, and Pepin (all at 2.4%). Menominee had the highest rate in October at 5.5%, followed by Adams (4.3%), Iron (4.2%), Forest (4.1%), and Milwaukee (4.0%).

St. Croix, Pierce, and Polk counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 3.1%, October’s preliminary rate for both Polk and Pierce was 3.1% as well.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The October 2023 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.9%, which is higher than September’s rate of 2.7% and lower than August’s final rate of 3.2%. The unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was 2.2% in October of 2022.

Nearby Washington County in Minnesota reported a preliminary rate of 2.6% in October, while Dakota County, MN reported a rate of 2.7% and Chisago County, MN had a rate of 2.8%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in October was estimated at 3.2%, which is higher than September and August’s final rate of 3.1%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.3%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Minnesota in October was estimated at 3.1%, which is the same as September and August’s rate of 3.1% Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for October was estimated at 3.9%, which is higher than September and August’s final rate of 3.8%. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 3.7%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for October was estimated at 65.8%, which is the same as September’s rate and higher than August’s final rate of 65.7%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 64.6%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in October was estimated at 62.7%, which is lower than September’s rate of 62.8% and higher than August’s rate of 62.6%. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.2%.

October’s estimates are preliminary and are subject to revision within the next few weeks.