Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.1%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Wisconsin peaked in December 2009 at 9.2% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.1% in September 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Wisconsin 4.1% 0.0 -0.5

Note: All comparisons are made with October data as November state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2016

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 283,658. There are now 154,359 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 129,299 -656 -13,162

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to October 2016

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
November 2016 4.6%
October 2016 4.9% 4.1% 129,299
September 2016 5.0% 4.1% 129,955
August 2016 4.9% 4.2% 131,188
July 2016 4.9% 4.2% 129,984
June 2016 4.9% 4.2% 131,201
May 2016 4.7% 4.2% 132,708
April 2016 5.0% 4.4% 137,631
March 2016 5.0% 4.5% 140,563
February 2016 4.9% 4.6% 144,846
January 2016 4.9% 4.6% 144,688
December 2015 5.0% 4.6% 143,187