(Rock County, WI) The Janesville-Beloit MSA economy posted another solid quarter, as strong consumer and investor confidence continued to drive activity throughout the county. These trends are highlighted in today’s release of the Q2 2021 Rock Ready Index.
The trendline for the area’s average unemployment rate remained relatively steady-to-declining, albeit exhibiting incremental shifts of a few tenths of a percentage point. By way of quick history, if this holding pattern continues, the year-end averages will look very similar to those rates from 2015 – where local and federal rates locked in the five-percent range, and the state flirted with a rate of four-percent. What is different from 2015, though, are the number of active job postings that populate the employment boards. During the first half of 2021, the JobsInRockCounty.com site has averaged more than 425 job postings per month. These postings are not just entry-level positions. Furthermore, there’s definitely an uptick in the number of postings for high-skill, in-demand jobs.