Seven metro areas lose jobs, four gain in April employment report

Metro Milwaukee loses 2,100

Seven metropolitan service areas lost jobs in April, while four metropolitan areas experienced job gains, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, which released metro employment figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The seven MSAs that saw job numbers decline included: Appleton (-700); Eau Claire (-200); Fond du Lac (-100); Madison (-200); Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington (-2,100); Racine (-1,000); and Wausau (-400).

Janesville had no change.

The four metro areas that added jobs over the month, on a seasonally adjusted basis, included Green Bay (+2,000); La Crosse (+400); Oshkosh-Neenah (+200); and Sheboygan (+300).

Compared to a year ago, six metro areas gained jobs: Appleton (+900); Fond du Lac (+700); Green Bay (+4,300); La Crosse (+1,000); Oshkosh-Neenah (+1,600); and Sheboygan (+300).

Six metro areas with losses were: Eau Claire (-1,500); Janesville (-800); Madison (-2,700); Milwaukee-WOW (-8,400); Racine (-500); and Wausau (-100).

“Compared to a year ago, unemployment rates are lower in every county, all metro areas and all major cities except Brookfield, where the rate was unchanged,” DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said in a press release. “More people are working, and we expect more people to gain employment in the weeks and months ahead.”

Based on seasonally adjusted numbers, there were 27,400 more people employed in Wisconsin in April of 2012 than in the same month in 2011.

Since last April, the state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has dropped from 7.5% to 6.7%. The national unemployment rate stands at 8.1%.