Jobless rates declined statewide, but the City of Racine recorded the largest decline in major metropolitan areas, according to a report from the state Department of Workforce Development.

In a report released Wednesday, DWD notes that unemployment claims fell across the state, up to .9 percent in Racine, the largest decline recorded. Rates range from just 2.6 percent in Madison to 4.4 percent in Racine.

All told, new jobless claims in 2016 are at the lowest rates since 1989 and total numbers are at the lowest point in 30 years, the report summary reads.

Unemployment numbers hovered at around 5 percent in August 2015, rose to 5.3 percent in July 2016 and dropped to 4.4 percent in August 2016. The total decrease from July to August is .9 percent and .6 percent year-over-year.

While the numbers for eastern Racine County look better, a recent report from Racine County Economic Development Corporation indicates that more residents leave the area to go to work than travel into the county.

According to the report, 55,783 residents drive away, and only 31,086 workers drive to work locations throughout the county. RCEDC says 41,757 workers both live and work in Racine County.

Manufacturing remains the largest employment sector followed by education and health services; trade, transportation and utilities; hospitality; and professional and business services rounds out the top five.

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