Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2015 to 4.6%. 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.5% +0.1 -0.8
Wisconsin 4.6% +0.2 -0.9

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2015

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 283,658. There are now 142,828 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 136,904 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,926. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 140,830 +3,926 -27,737

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to May 2015

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
May 2015 5.5% 4.6% 140,830
April 2015 5.4% 4.4% 136,904
March 2015 5.5% 4.6% 144,360
February 2015 5.5% 4.8% 149,333
January 2015 5.7% 5.0% 156,423
December 2014 5.6% 5.2% 161,776
November 2014 5.8% 5.2% 162,568
October 2014 5.7% 5.3% 163,618
September 2014 5.9% 5.3% 164,514
August 2014 6.1% 5.3% 165,236
July 2014 6.2% 5.4% 166,109
June 2014 6.1% 5.4% 167,168