Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.1 percentage points in October 2017 to 3.4%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in May 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% -0.1 -0.7
Wisconsin 3.4% -0.1 -0.8

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 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 283,658. There are now 175,718 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 96,437 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 11,503. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 107,940 -1,474 -21,886

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to October 2017

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
November 2017 4.1%
October 2017 4.1% 3.4% 107,940
September 2017 4.2% 3.5% 109,414
August 2017 4.4% 3.4% 106,270
July 2017 4.3% 3.2% 100,360
June 2017 4.4% 3.1% 97,049
May 2017 4.3% 3.1% 96,437
April 2017 4.4% 3.2% 100,537
March 2017 4.5% 3.4% 107,090
February 2017 4.7% 3.7% 117,377
January 2017 4.8% 3.9% 121,607
December 2016 4.7% 4.1% 126,791