Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.2 percentage points in December 2017 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.1 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 6.2 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.6
Wisconsin 3.0% -0.2 -1.1

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 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 188,007 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 95,651 -6,849 -31,140

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
January 2018 4.1%
December 2017 4.1% 3.0% 95,651
November 2017 4.1% 3.2% 102,500
October 2017 4.1% 3.4% 108,062
September 2017 4.2% 3.5% 109,414
August 2017 4.4% 3.4% 106,270
July 2017 4.3% 3.2% 100,360
June 2017 4.3% 3.1% 97,049
May 2017 4.3% 3.1% 96,437
April 2017 4.4% 3.2% 100,537
March 2017 4.5% 3.4% 107,090
February 2017 4.7% 3.7% 117,377