Unemployment rates in Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties are near pre-pandemic levels as April unemployment in both counties sat at 3.4% and 4.4% respectively.

That’s according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD).


Last April, unemployment rates in Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties skyrocketed to 17.4% and 20.1% respectively.

In March and April of last year, Envision Greater Fond du Lac found that job postings declined in Fond du Lac County from 3,464 to 2,850, which aligns with a spike in unemployment.

During that period, the manufacturing and service sectors saw the biggest layoffs due to supply chain issues and nonessential business closures, according to Ripon Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jason Mansmith.

“Those businesses took the brunt of either layoffs because of the pandemic, or were forced to close due to the Safer at Home order,” Mansmith said last May. “Those are big industries in Fond du Lac County and Green Lake County.”

After exceeding Great Recession levels back in April, the unemployment rate in Fond du Lac and Green Lake counties began to normalize by late summer.

According to the DWD, the unemployment rate in both counties gradually declined throughout the summer as businesses continued reopening.

The August unemployment rate in Green Lake County was 4.6%, a 15.5% decrease from April’s 20.1% unemployment rate.

Meanwhile, the August jobless rate in Fond du Lac County was 4.6%, down 12.8% from April’s 17.4% unemployment rate.


Unemployment in Fond du Lac and Green Lake has returned to pre-pandemic levels, according to DWD.

April’s 3.4% unemployment rate in Fond du Lac County matches the county’s March 2020 jobless rate of 3.4%.

In Green Lake County, April’s unemployment rate of 4.4% was even lower than March 2020’s unemployment rate of 5.3%.

What’s next?

With the summer tourism season right around the corner, it is possible that unemployment rates could continue to decrease.

However, it remains to be seen exactly what will happen.

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Joe Schulz served as the reporter of the Green Laker in 2019 and 2020, before being hired as a reporter for the Commonwealth in October 2020. He is from Oshkosh and graduated from UW-Oshkosh in December with a bachelor's degree in journalism.


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