St. Croix County's unemployment rate for July was 6.1 percent, according to Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development numbers release late last month.

The county's seasonally unadjusted rate dropped from 6.6 percent in June and May, and is well below the rate of a year ago, when it was 7.9 percent.

Unemployment in St. Croix County was the sixth lowest among Wisconsin's 72 counties.

The Wisconsin unemployment rate in July was estimated at 7.8 percent, down from the June rate of 8.1 percent. A year ago, the state's rate was 8.8 percent.

"The Wisconsin economy created thousands of private-sector jobs in July, showing we are headed in the right direction. But we still have much work to do," Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman was quoted as saying in a news release.

Gassman reported that Wisconsin has gained 25,000 private-sector jobs (seasonally adjusted) since January.

The Workforce Development Department said 16,400 private-sector jobs were added in July (without seasonal adjustment), with the strongest gains in leisure and hospitality (8,400), goods producing (6,400) and manufacturing (4,800).

The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate for July was 9.5 percent, close to what it was a year ago.