July roughed up everyone in the neighborhood: every county adjoining Lake also saw an uptick in unemployment:
- Brookings: 4.2% (+0.1 from June)
- Kingsbury: 4.6% (+0.3)
- Miner: 4.8% (+0.3)
- McCook: 4.5% (+0.1)
- Minnehaha: 4.4% (+0.1)
- Moody: 8.1% (+0.6)
See all of the state's labor force data at the Department of Labor's website.
Local note: those 20 new jobs here in Lake County brings the LAIC's "Forward Madison" initiative within 905 jobs of its anemic goal of maintaining what in 2006 looked like status quo job growth. Just wondering: If the LAIC had not slurped up $2 million in loose change from local businesses, might those businesses have invested that $2 million directly in expansion and hiring and created more job growth on their own?