Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.2 percentage points in September 2014 to 5.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.4 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 3.7 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.9% -0.2 -1.3
Wisconsin 5.5% -0.2 -1.1

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to September 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 117,555 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 169,398 -4,519 -34,855

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
October 2014 5.8%
September 2014 5.9% 5.5% 169,398
August 2014 6.1% 5.7% 173,917
July 2014 6.2% 5.8% 177,532
June 2014 6.1% 5.7% 174,917
May 2014 6.3% 5.7% 176,305
April 2014 6.3% 5.8% 178,722
March 2014 6.7% 5.9% 183,199
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