Unemployment in Wauwatosa declined to 5.7 percent in July from 6.1 percent in the same a month a year ago.
The local jobless rate has declined fitfully from a July peak of 7.3 percent in 2009, but it still hasn't returned to the pre-recession, 2005 level of 3.6 percent, according to figures released by the state Department of Workforce Development.
The irregular nature of the year-to-year decline is mimicked in the month-to-month decline so far this year. January's 6.3 percent held steady in February, dropped to 5.8 percent in March, and again to 5.6 percent in April, before rising to 5.7 percent in May, and 5.9 percent in June.
Seasonal factors play a role, analysts observe, as does the fluctuating nature of the labor force, as people drop in and drop out of the group of those seeking jobs.
State unemployment dropped from 7.0 percent a year ago to 6.8 percent last month. It has declined more than two percentage points since 2009, when it stood at 9.2 percent. In 2005, July unemployment was at 4.7 percent.
Among other suburbs, Brookfield's July unemployment rate was 6.0 percent, and West Allis came in at 7.3 percent.
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