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Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Appleton fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 3.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Appleton peaked in December 2009 at 8.6% and is now 5.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Appleton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Wisconsin 3.2% -0.2 -0.9
Appleton 3.0% -0.2 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Appleton, Wisconsin, National

Appleton, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Appleton peaked in January 2010 at 10,900. There are now 6,839 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,540 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 521. Appleton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Appleton, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Appleton 4,061 -248 -744

Number of Unemployed Persons

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.2% 3.0% 4,061
October
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.2% 4,309
September
2017
4.2% 3.5% 3.0% 4,138
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.0% 4,036
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.8% 3,827
June
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.7% 3,656
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.7% 3,568
April
2017
4.4% 3.2% 2.6% 3,540
March
2017
4.5% 3.4% 2.7% 3,651
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 3.2% 4,202
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 3.3% 4,352

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.