Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.1 percentage points in December 2016 to 4.0%. 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 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% +0.1 -0.3
Wisconsin 4.0% -0.1 -0.6

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 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 158,638 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 125,020 -2,292 -18,167

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
January 2017 4.8%
December 2016 4.7% 4.0% 125,020
November 2016 4.6% 4.1% 127,312
October 2016 4.8% 4.1% 129,446
September 2016 4.9% 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