Unemployment Down Across the Region
Local unemployment figures were released for August in Wisconsin. Burnett and Polk Counties both saw unemployment drop from July. In Burnett the rate is 9.4-percent down from 9.8-percent a month prior. However, this is up nearly four-percent from a year ago.
Polk county saw an even greater drop in unemployment. The rate fell from 9.3-percent in July to 8.8-percent in August. Unemployment fell in all 72 wisconsin counties.
In Minnesota, the rate in Pine County fell from 9.8-percent to 9.4-percent. Chisago county also saw improvement as the rate fell from 9.2-percent to 9.0-percent.
Kanabec County has the highest unemployment rate in the area with 11.2 percent, however, that is down from nearly 18-percent earlier in the year. Isanti’s rate fell 0.4-percent to 8.6-percent in August.