September 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s September Unemployment Rate at 2.7%

On October 23rd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary September 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.7%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in August was 2.9% and July’s final rate was 3.0%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.3%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates from August to September declined or remained the same. The rates ranged from 2.1% in Lafayette to 9.3% in Menominee.

September’s 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in Wisconsin’s 33 largest municipalities from August to September. Rates ranged from 2.2% in La Crosse to 5.0% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in September include Lafayette (2.1%), Iowa (2.2%), Dane (2.3%), Green (2.4%), and La Crosse, Monroe, Sauk, Sheboygan, and Taylor (all at 2.4%). Menominee County had the highest rate in September at 9.3%, followed by Iron (4.8%), Marinette (4.1%), Forest (4.0%), Rusk (3.9%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 2.7%, September’s preliminary rate in Pierce was at 2.5%, followed by Dunn at 2.7%, and Polk at 2.8%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The September 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.4%, which is lower than August’s final rate of 2.9% and July’s final rate of 3.1%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.2% in September 2018.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in September was estimated 3.1%, which is higher than August’s final rate of 3.1% and July’s final rate of 3.0%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in September was estimated at 3.2 %, which is lower than August’s final rate of 3.3% and July’s final rate of 3.4%. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 2.8%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for September was estimated at 3.5%, which is lower than the final rate of 3.7% for both August and July. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 3.7%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for September was estimated at 67.2%, which is the same as the final rates for August and July. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 67.6%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in September was estimated at 63.2%, which is the same as August’s final rate and higher than July’s final rate of 63.0%. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.7%.

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

Nominations for 2019 Business of the Year

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Nominations Open for 2019 Business of the Year

St. Croix EDC is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Business of the Year awards program.

Categories include:
Emerging Business of the Year (a start-up business that has operated in St. Croix County for five or fewer years)
Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees); and
Business of the Year (30 or more employees)

Qualifying companies must be involved in manufacturing, distribution, construction, health care, or must be service providers to other companies. Companies must be operated for profit. (Retail companies are not eligible.)

Individuals may nominate a company in any of the categories or a business may place their company’s name in nomination.

Recent Noteworthy Accomplishments such as:
milestone anniversary, physical plant expansion, new product line, increases in employment, sales increases, pollution control advances, new training programs, export sales, or any other significant advances.

Contributions to Enhance the Community:
Contributions to community projects, service to area youth, education programs, and other efforts to increase the quality of life in the area.

The winners will be announced in January and honored at a banquet on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in River Falls.

A nomination form and guidelines can be obtained by clicking HERE or by contacting Nita Dusek at (715) 381-4383 or nita@stcroixedc.com. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 13, 2019 at the close of business. (The form is interactive. No need to print it! Fill it out on your computer, save it, then email it back to nita@stcroixedc.com.)

August 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s August Unemployment Rate at 2.9%

On September 25th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary August 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.9%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in July was 3.0% and June’s final rate was 3.2%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.8%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates from July to August declined or remained the same in 61 of the 72 counties. The rates ranged from 2.5% in Dane to 13.4% in Menominee.

August’s 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 26 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest municipalities from July to August. Rates ranged from 2.4% in Fitchburg to 5.8% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in August include Dane and Iowa at 2.5%, Door and Sauk at 2.6%, and Green, Lafayette, Monroe, Sheboygan, and Vernon at 2.7%. Menominee County had the highest rate in August at 13.4%, followed by Iron (5.9%), Bayfield (4.9%), and Marinette and Ashland at 4.8%.

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 2.9%, August’s preliminary rate in Pierce was also 2.9%, followed by Polk at 3.1% and Dunn at 3.3%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The August 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.9% which is lower than July’s final rate of 3.1% and June’s final rate of 3.3%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.5% in August 2018.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in August was estimated 3.1%, ending a streak of eighteen consecutive months the rate was at or below 3.0%. August’s rate is higher than July’s final rate of 3.0% and June’s final rate of 2.9%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in August was estimated at 3.3% which is lower than July’s final rate of 3.4% and is the same as June’s final rate of 3.3.%. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 2.8%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for August was estimated at 3.7%, which is the same as the final rates for July and June. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 3.9%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for August was estimated at 67.2%, which is the same as the final rates for July and June. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.8%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in August was estimated at 63.2%, which is higher than July’s final rate of 63.0% and June’s final rate of 62.9%. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.7%.

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

April 2017 Unemployment table
April 2017 Unemployment Comparison
April 2017 Participation Rate

2019 Preliminary Population Estimates Released

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2019 Preliminary Population Estimates Released For Local Units of Government

Census Bureau: St. Croix Adds 5,300 Residents Since 2010 Population Increases 6.28 Percent; Latest Estimate is 89,645

In mid-August, the Division of Intergovernmental Relations (Demographic Service Center) within the Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA), released preliminary population estimates for the state’s local units of government, as of January 1, 2019.

St. Croix County’s population is estimated at 89,645 compared to the 2010 Census estimate of 84,345 (+6.28 percent increase and +5,300 people by numeric increase).

The Top 5 gainers by percentage increase are Dane County (+10.06 percent), Calumet (+8.26 percent), St. Croix (+6.28%) Outagamie (+5.88 percent), and Brown (+5.82 percent).

By numeric increase the Top 5 gainers are Dane County (+49,083), Waukesha (+14,974), Brown (+14,445), Outagamie (+10,397), and Washington (+5,740). St. Croix was sixth with +5,300 new residents since the 2010 Census.

Adjacent Polk County added an estimated +331 new residents since the 2010 Census (+0.47 percent increase) for a preliminary January 1, 2019 population estimate of 44,536. Pierce County added +1,189 residents since 2010 (+2.90 percent) for a new population estimate of 42,208. Dunn County’s new population estimate is 44,621 (+764 new residents; +1.74 percent).

Wisconsin added +154,264 people since the 2010 Census for a new population of 5,841,250 (+2.71 percent gain).

July 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s July Unemployment Rate at 3.0%

On August 21st, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary July 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 3.0%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in June was 3.2% and May’s final rate was 2.5%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.0%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for July declined or remained the same in 52 of the 72 counties. The rates ranged from 2.6% in Dane to 10.2% in Menominee.

July’s 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same year-over-year in 25 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest municipalities. Rates ranged from 2.4% in Fitchburg to 5.6% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in July include Dane at (2.6%), and Door, Iowa, Lafayette, and Sauk (all at 2.7%). Menominee County had the highest rate in July at 10.2%, followed by Iron (6.1%), Price (5.3%), Ashland (also at 5.3%), and Florence.

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 3.0%, July’s preliminary rates in Pierce and Polk were both estimated at 3.1% and Dunn’s rate was 3.4%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The July 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 3.1%, which is lower than June’s final rate of 3.3%, but higher than May’s final rate of 2.7%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.6% in July 2018.

For the eighteenth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For July, the rate was estimated at 3.0%, which is higher than June’s final rate of 2.9% and May’s final rate of 2.8%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in July was estimated at 3.4%, which is higher than the final rate of 3.3% for both June and May. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 2.8%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for July was estimated at 3.7%, which is the same as June’s final rate, but higher than May’s final rate of 3.6%. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 3.9%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for July was estimated at 67.2%, which is the same as June’s final rate, but lower than May’s final rate of 67.3%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 67.8%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in July was estimated at 63.0%, which is higher than June’s final rate of 62.9% and May’s final rate of 62.8%. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.9%.

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

June 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s June Unemployment Rate at 3.2%

On July 24th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary June 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 3.2%. 2.5%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in May was 2.5% and April’s final rate was 2.9%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.3%

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for June declined or remained the same in 35 of the 72 counties. The rates ranged from 2.7% in Lafayette to 8.6% in Menominee.

June’s 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same year-over-year in 23 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest municipalities. Rates ranged from 2.8% in Fitchburg to 5.1% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in June include Lafayette at (2.7%), Dane and Iowa (both at 2.9%), and Calumet, Green, and Sauk (all at 3.0%). Menominee County had the highest rate in June at 8.6%, followed by Iron (5.5%), Forest (4.8%), Burnett (4.7%), and Rusk (4.5%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 3.2%, June’s preliminary rates in Pierce and Polk were both estimated at 3.3% and Dunn’s rate was 3.7%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The June 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 3.3%, which is higher than May’s final rate of 2.7% and April’s final rate of 2.9%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.8% in June 2018.

For the seventeenth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For June, the rate was estimated at 2.9%, which is higher than the final rates of 2.8% for both May and April. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.1%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in June was estimated at 3.3%, which is the same as the final rate for both May and April. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 2.8%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for June was estimated at 3.7%, which is higher than the final rate of 3.6% for both May and April. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.0%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for June was estimated at 67.2%, which is lower than May’s final rate of 67.3% and April’s final rate of 67.5%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.9% (July 2018). The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in June was estimated at 62.9%, which is higher than the final rate of 62.8% for both May and April. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.9% (July 2018).

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

May 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s May 2019 Unemployment Rate is 2.5%

On June 26th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary May 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.5%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in April was 2.9% and March’s final rate was 3.6%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.6%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for May declined or remained the same in 47 of the 72 counties. The rates ranged from 2.2% in Dane County to 5.7% in Menominee.

May’s 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same year-over-year in 22 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest municipalities. Rates ranged from 2.1% in Fitchburg to 4.1% in Beloit.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in May include Dane and Lafayette (both at 2.2%), and Iowa, Sauk, and Sheboygan (all at 2.3%). Menominee County had the highest rate in May at 5.7%, followed by Forest (4.3%), Iron (4.2%), Bayfield (4.0%), and Burnett (3.8%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 2.5 %, May’s preliminary rate in Polk was estimated at 2.6%, followed by 2.7% in Pierce, and 3.0% in Dunn.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 15-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The May 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.7%, which is lower than April’s final rate of 2.8% and the final rate of 3.6% for March. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.3% in May 2018.

For the sixteenth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For May, the rate was estimated at 2.8%, which is the same as April’s final rate and lower than the final rate of 2.9% for March. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.1%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in May was estimated at 3.3%, which is the same as the final rate for April, but higher than March’s final rate of 3.2%. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 2.9%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for May was estimated at 3.6%, which is the same as April’s final rate and lower than the final rate of 3.8% for March. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 3.8%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for May was estimated at 67.3, which is lower than the final rate of 67.5% for both April and March. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.1%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in May was estimated at 62.8%, which is the same as April’s final rate, but lower than March’s final rate of 63.0%. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.8%.

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

February 2017 Unemployment Rate Table
February 2017 Unemployment Comparison
Labor Force Participation Rate February 2017

April 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s April Unemployment Rate at 2.9%

On May 22nd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary April 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.9%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in March was 3.6% and February’s final rate was 3.9%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.1%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for April declined or remained the same in 68 of the 72 counties when compared to April 2018. The rates ranged from 1.9% in Dane County to 7.0% in Menominee.

The April 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same year-over-year in 31 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest municipalities. Rates ranged from 1.9% in Fitchburg to 4.1% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in April include Dane (1.9%) and Calumet Fond du Lac, Lafayette, and Sheboygan (all at 2.1%). Menominee County had the highest rate in April at 7.0%, followed by Iron (6.2%), Bayfield (5.9%), Forest (5.3%), and Sawyer (5.1%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 2.9%, April’s preliminary rate in Pierce was also estimated at 2.9%, followed by Dunn at 3.0% and Polk at 3.8%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The April 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.8%, which is lower than March’s final rate of 3.6% and February’s final rate of 3.4%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.7% in April 2018.

For the fifteenth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For April, the rate was estimated at 2.8%, lower than then final rate of 2.9% for both March and February. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in April was estimated at 3.3%, which is higher than March’s final rate of 3.2% and February’s final 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 April was estimated at 3.6%, which is lower than the final rate of 3.8% for both March and February. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 3.9%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for April was estimated at 67.5%, which is the same as the final rates for both March and February. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.2%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in April was estimated at 62.8%, which is lower than March’s rate of 63.0% and February’s rate of 63.2 %. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.8%.

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

Tourism Spending Up In 2018

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2018 Traveler Spending Up in the Greater St. Croix Valley
State’s Tourism Spending up 4.86% to $13.31 Billion

2018 traveler spending in St. Croix County increased to $117.7 million (+6.51% from 2017) according to an annual analysis released May 6th by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism. St. Croix’s $117.7 million from travelers resulted in total business sales of $193.0 million, reflecting a 5.71% increase from 2017. This spending supported an estimated 2,037 jobs in St. Croix (+3.94% from 2017) and generated $14.6 million in state and local tax revenues (+4.76% from 2016).

Statewide, travelers spent an estimated $13.318 billion in 2018, a 4.86% increase from 2017. Total business sales from tourists were estimated at $21.571 billion (+4.68% increase from 2017). Tourism and traveler-supported employment in Wisconsin in 2018 was estimated at 199,073 jobs (+1.67% from 2017). Tourism also provided the state with tax revenues of $1.581 billion in 2018 (+2.64% increase from 2017).

St. Croix, Polk, Pierce, and Dunn counties comprise the Greater St. Croix Valley. Visitor spending in 2018 for the 4-county region was estimated at $292.0 million compared to $272.4 million in 2017 (+7.19% from 2017). In addition to St. Croix’s estimated $117.7 million, 2018 visitor and traveler spending in Polk increased to $91.7 million from $87.3 million (+5.06% from 2017). Spending in Dunn County for 2018 was estimated at $52.9 million, compared to $45.8 million in 2017 (+15.48% from 2017). Pierce County’s spending from travelers increased to 29.7 million from $28.7 million in 2017 (+3.62%). Because of the Greater St. Croix Valley’s close proximity to the 16-county Twin Cities metro area, many visitors enjoy day trips to the Valley and return to their homes without incurring expenses on lodging. Overnight stays would greatly increase traveler spending in the Greater St. Croix Valley.

Total business sales from travelers and visitors to the Greater St. Croix Valley in 2018 were estimated at $477.9 million compared to $450.2 million in 2017 (a +6.15% increase). Business sales in St. Croix County were estimated at $193.0 million (+5.71% increase from 2017), followed by $138.2 million in Polk (+4.87% increase from 2017), $91.2 million in Dunn (+10.6% from 20167, and $53.4 million $55.5 million in Pierce (4.08% from 2017).

Tourism-related employment in the Greater St. Croix Valley for 2018 was estimated at 4,504 4,325 jobs (+4.14% from 2017). In addition to the estimated 2,037 tourism-related jobs in St. Croix, there were 1,138 in Polk (+3.48% from 2017), 881 in Dunn (+5.13% from 2017), and 448 in Pierce (+2.66% from 2017).

State and local tax revenues attributable to visitors and travelers in the Greater St. Croix Valley for 2018 were estimated at $33.9 million (+5.6% from 2017). Tax revenues in St. Croix were estimated at $14.6million, followed by Polk with $9.5 million, Dunn with $6.4 million, and Pierce with $3.4 million.

Milwaukee is the state’s top county for visitor spending estimated at $2.1 billion. The other counties in the Top 10 include Dane ($1.31 billion in visitor spending); Sauk ($1.13 billion); Waukesha ($823.9 million); Brown ($696.5 million); Walworth ($569.0 million); Door ($366.6 million); Outagamie ($361.7 million); La Crosse ($279.0 million); and Winnebago (254.2 million).

Tourism is one of Wisconsin’s top three industries along with manufacturing and agriculture.

For additional information, or to read the 2018 Economic Impact of Tourism in Wisconsin go to
http://industry.travelwisconsin.com/research/economic-impact and select the topic: “County Total Impact”.

Source: Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Tourism Economics, St. Croix Economic Development Corp.

March 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s March Unemployment Rate at 3.6%

On April 24th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary March 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 33 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 3.6%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate in February was 3.9% and January’s final rate was 4.0%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.7%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for March declined or remained the same in 62 of the 72 counties when compared to March 2018. The rates ranged from 2.3% in Dane County to 6.9% in Bayfield and Iron.

The March 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined year-over-year in 32 of Wisconsin’s 33 largest municipalities. Rates ranged from 2.2% in Fitchburg to 4.9% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in March include Dane (2.3%), Sheboygan (2.6%) Calumet (also at 2.6%), followed by Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago (all at 2.7%). Bayfield and Iron Counties had the highest rate in March at 6.9%, followed by Burnett (6.5%), Adams (5.9%), and Rusk and Forest (both at 5.7%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 3.6%, March’s preliminary rate in Dunn was also estimated at 3.6%, followed by Pierce also at 3.7% and Polk at 5.0%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The March 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 3.6% which is higher than February’s final rate of 3.4% and January’s final rate of 3.6%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 3.3% in March 2018.

For the fourteenth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For March, the rate was estimated at 2.9%, which is the same as February’s final rate but lower than January’s final rate of 3.0%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in March was estimated at 3.2%, which is higher than February’s final rate of 3.1% and January’s final rate of 3.0%. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.0%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for March was estimated at 3.8% which is the same as February’s final rate but lower than January’s final rate of 4.0%. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.1%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for March was estimated at 67.5%, which is the same as the final rates for both February and January. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.2%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in March was estimated at 63.0%, which is lower than the final of 63.2 % for both February and January. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.9%.

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

February 2019 Unemployment Rate at 3.8%

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St. Croix County’s February Unemployment Rate at 3.8%

On March 13th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary January 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 4.0%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for December was 2.8% and November’s final rate was 2.6%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.6%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for January declined or remained the same in 18 of the 72 counties when compared to January 2018. The rates ranged from 2.4% in Dane County to 6.8% in Adams.

The January 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 19 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities. Rates ranged from 2.3% in Madison to 4.3% in Beloit.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in January include Dane (2.4%), Ozaukee (2.7%), Sheboygan (also at 2.7%), Calumet (2.8%), and Winnebago (also at 2.8%). Adams County had the highest rate in January at 6.8%, followed by Burnett (6.7 %), Bayfield (6.6%), Forest (6.3%), and Iron (5.8%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 4.0%, January’s preliminary rate in Dunn was estimated at 4.1%, followed by Pierce also at 4.1% and Polk at 5.7%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The January 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 3.6%, which is higher than December’s final rate of 2.8% and November’s final rate of 2.0%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 3.4% in January 2018.

For the twelfth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For January, the rate was estimated at 3.0%, which is the same as the final rates for both December and November. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 2.9%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in January was estimated at 3.0%, which is higher than the final rate of 2.9% for both December and November. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.1%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for January was estimated at 4.0%, which is higher than December’s final rate of 3.0% but lower than November’s final rate of 4.1%. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.1%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for January was estimated at 67.6%, which is higher than December’s final rate of 67.5% but lower than November’s final rate of 68.4%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.5%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in January was estimated at 63.2%, which is higher than the final rate of 63.1% in December and 62.9% for November. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.7%.

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

EDC Creates Resource Guide for Employers and Jobseekers

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EDC Creates Resource Guide for Employers and Jobseekers

St. Croix EDC’s workforce committee recently created a workforce guide for St. Croix Valley employers and jobseekers. It is available in a printed format or an electronic version here.

In late 2018 the EDC created a workforce committee in recognition of the challenges faced by area employers in recruiting and retaining workers across the continuum, from entry level to executives. Through retirement and attrition, more people are leaving the workforce than are entering it. In addition, there did not appear to be a one-stop resource document for jobseekers looking for either their first full-time job or advancement.

The EDC guide highlights numerous public-private resources as solutions to filling job vacancies or securing employment. A short descriptor of each resource and web links is included in the guide.

The guide has been distributed to local chambers of commerce, who are integral partners of the EDC.

An electronic version is available to download here. To request a printed copy, contact the EDC office at (175) 381-4383 or nita@stcroixedc.com.

January 2019 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s January Unemployment Rate at 4.0%

On March 13th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary January 2019 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 4.0%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for December was 2.8% and November’s final rate was 2.6%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 3.6%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for January declined or remained the same in 18 of the 72 counties when compared to January 2018. The rates ranged from 2.4% in Dane County to 6.8% in Adams.

The January 2019 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 19 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities. Rates ranged from 2.3% in Madison to 4.3% in Beloit.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in January include Dane (2.4%), Ozaukee (2.7%), Sheboygan (also at 2.7%), Calumet (2.8%), and Winnebago (also at 2.8%). Adams County had the highest rate in January at 6.8%, followed by Burnett (6.7 %), Bayfield (6.6%), Forest (6.3%), and Iron (5.8%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix’s rate of 4.0%, January’s preliminary rate in Dunn was estimated at 4.1%, followed by Pierce also at 4.1% and Polk at 5.7%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The January 2019 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 3.6%, which is higher than December’s final rate of 2.8% and November’s final rate of 2.0%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 3.4% in January 2018.

For the twelfth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For January, the rate was estimated at 3.0%, which is the same as the final rates for both December and November. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 2.9%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in January was estimated at 3.0%, which is higher than the final rate of 2.9% for both December and November. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.1%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for January was estimated at 4.0%, which is higher than December’s final rate of 3.0% but lower than November’s final rate of 4.1%. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.1%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for January was estimated at 67.6%, which is higher than December’s final rate of 67.5% but lower than November’s final rate of 68.4%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.5%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in January was estimated at 63.2%, which is higher than the final rate of 63.1% in December and 62.9% for November. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.7%.

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

Workforce Development Survey

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St. Croix EDC Seeks Input with Workforce Development Survey

St. Croix Economic Development Corporation (EDC) announces a new effort to address workforce issues and challenges faced by employers in the St. Croix Valley. Workforce attraction and retention are top issues for employers. Through retirement and attrition, more people are leaving the workforce than are entering it. In response, St. Croix EDC, in conjunction with UW-Extension and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College-New Richmond, is conducting a confidential on-line survey of St. Croix Valley employers to build a better understanding of workforce challenges and identify effective ways to address them.

The survey is aimed at all area employers, large or small, and across all business sectors – manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, service, and retail, etc. The survey will take approximately three (3) minutes to complete and can be accessed here. The survey will remain open to participants until March 27, 2019.

St. Croix EDC will partner with local chambers of commerce to encourage broader participation from their respective members.

St. Croix EDC envisions common themes to emerge from the survey, giving area employers better insights into workforce issues and challenges, and more options for workforce solutions.

Click here to access the survey – http://app.surveymethods.com/EndUser.aspx?B99DF1E9B0FCEDE8BC

About St. Croix EDC
St. Croix EDC was formed in 1993 to promote business growth in St. Croix County, Wisconsin. Reflective activities include marketing and communications, business retention, expansion, recruitment, new start-ups, advocacy, and workforce development.

For questions or comments, contact William Rubin, EDC executive director at (715) 381-4383 or bill@stcroixedc.com.

December 2018 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s December 2018 Unemployment Rate at 2.8%

On January 23rd, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary December 2018 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.8%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for November was 2.6% and October’s final rate was 2.4%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.8%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for December declined or remained the same in 52 of the 72 counties when compared to December 2017. The rates ranged from 1.9% in County to 5.4% in Bayfield.

The December 2018 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 26 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities. Nine cities tied or set a record for their lowest unemployment rate ever reported. Rates ranged from 1.9% in Fitchburg, Madison, and Sun Prairie to 3.8% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in December include Dane (1.9%), Lafayette (2.0%), Calumet (2.1%), Green (also at 2.1%), and Ozaukee. Bayfield County had the highest rate in December at 5.4%, followed by Iron (5.2%), Adams (also at 5.2%), Burnett (4.8%), and Forest (4.5%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix referenced above, December’s preliminary rate in Dunn was estimated at 2.9%, followed by Pierce also at 2.9% and Polk at 3.9%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The December 2018 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.8% which is higher than November’s final rate of 2.0% and October’s final rate of 2.1%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.9% in December 2017.

For the eleventh consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For December, the rate was estimated at 3.0%, which is the same as the final rates for both November and October. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.2%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in December was estimated at 2.8%, which is the same as the final rate for both November and October. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.3%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for December was estimated at 3.9%, which is higher than the final rate of 3.7% for both November and October. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.1%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for December was estimated at 68.0% which is lower than November’s final rate of 68.2% and October’s final rate 2018 of 68.4%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.9%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in December was estimated at 63.1%, which is higher than the final rates of 62.9% for both November and October. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.7%.

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

November 2018 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s November 2018 Unemployment Rate at 2.6%

On December 28th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary November 2018 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.6%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for October was 2.4% and September’s final rate was 2.9 %. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.7%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for November declined or remained the same in 62 of the 72 counties when compared to November 2017, with seven (7) counties setting or tying all-time low unemployment rates for any month on record. Thirty-eight (38) counties tied or achieved their lowest November rate on record. The rates ranged from 1.9% in Lafayette County to 4.8% in Iron.

The November 2018 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 27 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities when compared to November 2017. Four cities either tied or achieved their lowest unemployment rate for any month in November. Rates ranged from 1.9% in Fitchburg to 4.8% in Beloit.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in November include Lafayette (1.9%), Dane (2.0%), Green (2.1%), Iowa (also at 2.1%), Richland (also at 2.1%). Iron County had the highest rate in November at 4.8%, followed by Bayfield (4.7%), Menominee (4.2%), Forest (4.1%), and Adams (also at 4.1%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix referenced above, November’s preliminary rate in Dunn was estimated at 2.5%, followed by Pierce at 2.8% and Polk at 3.0%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The November 2018 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.0% which is lower than October’s final rate of 2.1% and September’s final rate of 2.2%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.4% in November 2017.

For the tenth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For November, the rate was estimated at 3.0%, which is the same as the final rate for October and September. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.2%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in November was estimated at 2.8%, which is the same as the final rate October and September. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.3%.
The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for November was estimated at 3.7%, which is the same as the final rate for October and September. One year ago, the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.1%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for November was estimated at 68.2 percent, which is lower than October’s final rate 2018 of 68.4% and September’s final rate of 68.6%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.9%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in November was estimated at 62.9% which is the same as October’s final rate but higher than September’s final rate of 62.7%. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.7%.

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

Legislative Day in Madison

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EDCs/Chambers Announce February 6, 2019 as Legislative Day in Madison

Click here for the registration form. Deadline to register is Friday January 18, 2019.

The economic development corporations (EDCs) and participating chambers of commerce from St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties will travel to Madison on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 to promote legislative priorities for the Greater St. Croix Valley.

Private citizens and representatives from business, industry, local government are invited to participate. The annual event is free to anyone willing to travel to and from Madison for meetings with legislators, aides, committee chairs, cabinet secretaries, and policy advisors.

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise the Greater St. Croix Valley. Given the four hour plus driving distance to Madison, organizers of legislative day believe it is imperative for their voices to be heard on issues tied to economic development, transportation, education, workforce development, and tourism-recreation.

A preliminary agenda has the Greater St. Croix Valley group arriving in Madison by 10:30 a.m. for an orientation on the 2019 issues. A complimentary box lunch is served during orientation. Appointments with legislators occur throughout the afternoon. The event wraps up around 4:30 p.m. and participants depart for home. Vans have been reserved for the day to minimize travel expenses.

For additional information or to RSVP participation, CLICK HERE, contact St. Croix EDC at (715) 381-4383 or email Nita Dusek at nita@stcroixedc.com.

October 2018 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s October Unemployment Rate at 2.4%

On November 21st, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary October 2018 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.4%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for September was also 2.4% and August’s final rate was 2.9%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.5%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for October declined or remained the same in 64 of the 72 counties when compared to October 2017, with 21 counties setting or tying all-time low unemployment rates for the month. The rates ranged from 1.9% in Lafayette County to 4.4% in Menominee.

The October 2018 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in 31 of Wisconsin’s 32 largest municipalities when compared to October 2017. Fifteen of the 32 largest municipalities set or tied their lowest October unemployment rate on record. Rates ranged from 2.0% in Fitchburg to 3.9% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in October include Lafayette (1.9%), Dane (2.1%), Iowa (also at 2.1%), Calumet (2.2%), and Clark (also at 2.2%). Menominee County had the highest rate in October at 4.4%, followed by Iron (4.2%), Forest (3.6%), Adams (3.5%), and Burnett (3.4%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix referenced above, October’s preliminary rate in Dunn was estimated at 2.3%, followed by Pierce at 2.6% and Polk at 2.7%.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The October 2018 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.1% which is lower than September’s final rate of 2.2% and August’s final rate of 2.5%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.4% in October 2017.

For the ninth consecutive month, the preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin was at or below 3.0%. For October, the rate was estimated at 3.0%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.2%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in October was estimated at 2.8%, which is the same as September’s final rate and lower than August’s final rate of 2.9%. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.3%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for October was estimated at 3.7%, which is the same as September’s final rate and lower than August’s final rate of 3.9%. One year ago the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.1%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for October 2018 was estimated at 68.4%, which is lower than September’s final rate of 68.6% and August’s final rate of 68.8%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.8%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in October was estimated at 62.9%, which is higher than the final rate of 62.7% for both September and August. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 62.7%.

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

September 2018 Unemployment

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St. Croix County’s September 2018 Unemployment Rate at 2.4%

On October 24th, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the preliminary September 2018 unemployment rates for Wisconsin’s 72 counties and the 32 cities with populations greater than 25,000 residents. St. Croix County’s rate was estimated at 2.4%. For comparison, St. Croix’s final rate for August was 2.9% and July’s final rate was 3.0%. One year ago, the county’s unemployment rate was estimated at 2.6%.

DWD said preliminary unemployment rates for September declined in 71 of the 72 counties when compared to September 2017, with 23 counties setting or tying all-time low unemployment rates for the month. The rates ranged from 1.8% in Iowa County to 5.5% in Menominee.

The September 2018 preliminary unemployment rates declined or stayed the same in all 32 of Wisconsin’s largest municipalities when compared to September 2017. Seventeen of the 32 largest municipalities set or tied their lowest September unemployment rate on record. Rates ranged from 1.9% in Fitchburg to 4.2% in Racine.

The five counties with the lowest unemployment rate in September include Iowa (1.8%), followed by Lafayette (also at 1.8%), Dane (1.9%), Clark (2.0%), and Green (also at 2.0%). Menominee County had the highest rate in September at 5.5%, followed by Iron (4.6%), Forest (3.6%), Milwaukee (3.5%), and Florence (3.4%).

St. Croix, Pierce, Polk, and Dunn counties comprise Wisconsin’s Greater St. Croix Valley. In addition to St. Croix referenced above, September’s preliminary rate in Dunn was estimated at 2.2%, followed by Pierce at 2.5% and Polk at 2.6%. The current rates are lower in all four counties compared to the rates for September 2017.

St. Croix and Pierce counties are included in the 16-county Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI metro area. The September 2018 unemployment rate for the Twin Cities was estimated at 2.2% which is lower than August’s final rate of 2.5% and July’s final rate of 2.6%. The unemployment rate in the Twin Cities was 2.8% in September 2017.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate for Wisconsin in September was estimated at 3.0%, which is the same as August’s final rate, but higher than July’s final rate of 2.9%. One year ago, the state’s seasonally adjusted rate was 3.3%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in Minnesota in September was estimated at 2.8%, which is lower than August’s final rate of 2.9% and July’s final rate of 3.0%. Minnesota’s seasonally-adjusted rate one year ago was 3.3%.

The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate in the U.S. for September was estimated at 3.7%, which is lower than the final rate 3.9% for both August and July. One year ago the U.S. rate (seasonally adjusted) was estimated at 4.2%.

Wisconsin’s preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for September 2018 was estimated at 68.6%, which is lower than August’s final rate of 68.8% and July’s final rate of 68.9%. One year ago, Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate was 68.8%. The preliminary (seasonally adjusted) labor force participation rate for the U.S. in September was estimated at 62.7%, which is the same as August’s final rate, but lower than July’s final rate of 62.9%. One year ago, the labor force participation rate in the U.S. was 63.0%.

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

Nominations Open for 2018 Business of the Year

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Nominations Open for 2018 Business of the Year

St. Croix EDC is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Business of the Year awards program.

Categories include:
Emerging Business of the Year (a start-up business that has operated in St. Croix County for five or fewer years)
Small Business of the Year (29 or fewer employees); and
Business of the Year (30 or more employees)

Qualifying companies must be involved in manufacturing, distribution, construction, health care, or must be service providers to other companies. Companies must be operated for profit. (Retail companies are not eligible.)

Individuals may nominate a company in any of the categories or a business may place their company’s name in nomination.

Recent Noteworthy Accomplishments such as:
milestone anniversary, physical plant expansion, new product line, increases in employment, sales increases, pollution control advances, new training programs, export sales, or any other significant advances.

Contributions to Enhance the Community:
Contributions to community projects, service to area youth, education programs, and other efforts to increase the quality of life in the area.

The winners will be announced in January and honored at a banquet on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at Ready Randy’s in New Richmond.

A nomination form and guidelines can be obtained by clicking HERE or by contacting Nita Dusek at (715) 381-4383 or nita@stcroixedc.com. The deadline to submit is Friday, December 14, 2018 at the close of business. (The form is interactive. No need to print it! Fill it out on your computer, save it, then email it back to nita@stcroixedc.com.)