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(Rock County, WI) The County's economy continued to demonstrate positive gains, as reported in this week's release of the Q1 2014 Rock Ready Index. Highlights from the Q1 report include the following:

Unemployment Rates, as measured by annual averages, are reporting steady-to-declining rates. While the County's rate at 8% matched the previous quarter, the state and national rates experienced slight decreases. 

Average Sale Prices for residential homes throughout Rock County pushed forward again, reaching their highest Q1 price points in five years. Meanwhile, listing and transaction activities are tracking slighly above the prior year.

Sales Tax Collections for Q1 2014 established a new record pace; hopefully, signalling that year-end figures will once again create a new benchmark.

Energy consumption, as measured by the number of electric meters on the grid, remained strong from both a quarterly and annual perspective.

The Rock Ready Index (RRI) is a quarterly economic development dashboard compiled and distributed by the Rock County Development Alliance. The RRI covers four topical areas: Workforce (Job Postings and Unemployment Rates), Real Estate (Residential, Commercial or Industrial Activities), Sales (Tax Collection) Activities and Energy Consumption (Meters & Usage). Each Index also includes a Project Profile section, which highlights project specific news during a given quarter. For additional information, visit .

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