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Madison, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Madison fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Madison peaked in January 2010 at 6.9% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Madison 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
Madison 2.2% -0.2 -0.8
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: Madison, Wisconsin, National

Madison, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Madison, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Madison peaked in January 2010 at 24,817. There are now 15,967 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Madison 8,850 -518 -2,612

Number of Unemployed Persons

Madison, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Madison
Unemployment Rate
Madison
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.2% 2.2% 8,850
October
2017
4.1% 3.4% 2.4% 9,368
September
2017
4.2% 3.5% 2.5% 9,819
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 2.5% 9,874
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.5% 9,673
June
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.4% 9,468
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.3% 9,025
April
2017
4.4% 3.2% 2.4% 9,250
March
2017
4.5% 3.4% 2.5% 9,891
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 2.9% 11,304
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 2.8% 11,023

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.