Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2016 to 4.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% +0.1 -0.5
Wisconsin 4.5% -0.1 -0.1

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 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 143,171 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 140,487 -4,359 -1,735

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
March 2016 5.0% 4.5% 140,487
February 2016 4.9% 4.6% 144,846
January 2016 4.9% 4.6% 144,688
December 2015 5.0% 4.6% 143,187
November 2015 5.0% 4.6% 142,730
October 2015 5.0% 4.6% 142,461
September 2015 5.1% 4.6% 141,992
August 2015 5.1% 4.6% 141,460
July 2015 5.3% 4.6% 140,938
June 2015 5.3% 4.6% 140,573
May 2015 5.5% 4.6% 140,605
April 2015 5.4% 4.6% 141,156