Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.2 percentage points in January 2017 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 0.9 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 5.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.8% +0.1 -0.1
Wisconsin 3.9% -0.2 -0.4

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2017

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 283,658. There are now 162,015 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 121,643 -5,148 -10,648

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to January 2017

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
February 2017 4.7%
January 2017 4.8% 3.9% 121,643
December 2016 4.7% 4.1% 126,791
November 2016 4.6% 4.1% 128,422
October 2016 4.8% 4.2% 129,826
September 2016 4.9% 4.2% 130,907
August 2016 4.9% 4.2% 131,393
July 2016 4.9% 4.2% 131,044
June 2016 4.9% 4.2% 129,917
May 2016 4.7% 4.1% 128,613
April 2016 5.0% 4.1% 127,975
March 2016 5.0% 4.1% 128,422