Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.2 percentage points in March 2014 to 5.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Wisconsin peaked in June 2009 at 9.2% and is now 3.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% 0.0 -0.8
Wisconsin 5.9% -0.2 -1.0

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2014

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in June 2009 at 286,953. There are now 103,780 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 183,173 -3,640 -27,689

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to March 2014

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
March 2014 6.7% 5.9% 183,173
February 2014 6.7% 6.1% 186,813
January 2014 6.6% 6.2% 189,707
December 2013 6.7% 6.3% 194,615
November 2013 7.0% 6.4% 197,853
October 2013 7.2% 6.5% 201,152
September 2013 7.2% 6.6% 204,253
August 2013 7.2% 6.7% 207,047
July 2013 7.3% 6.8% 208,620
June 2013 7.5% 6.8% 208,977
May 2013 7.5% 6.8% 209,018
April 2013 7.5% 6.8% 209,598
March 2013 7.5% 6.9% 210,862