Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2014 to 5.8%. 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 3.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in May 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% +0.1 -1.1
Wisconsin 5.8% +0.1 -1.0

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 109,463 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 174,917 in June 2014, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,573. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 177,490 +2,573 -31,130

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
August 2014 6.1%
July 2014 6.2% 5.8% 177,490
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
September 2013 7.2% 6.6% 204,253
August 2013 7.2% 6.7% 207,047