Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.3%. 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 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.2% in November 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Wisconsin 4.3% +0.1 -0.9

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to December 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 283,658. There are now 148,686 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 131,475 in October 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,497. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 134,972 +3,410 -26,804

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to December 2015

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
January 2016 4.9%
December 2015 5.0% 4.3% 134,972
November 2015 5.0% 4.2% 131,562
October 2015 5.0% 4.3% 131,475
September 2015 5.1% 4.3% 133,488
August 2015 5.1% 4.5% 137,413
July 2015 5.3% 4.6% 142,497
June 2015 5.3% 4.6% 142,217
May 2015 5.5% 4.6% 140,878
April 2015 5.4% 4.4% 136,904
March 2015 5.5% 4.6% 144,360
February 2015 5.5% 4.8% 149,333