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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 0.1 percentage points in November 2016 to 4.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.6% -0.2 -0.4
Wisconsin 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Milwaukee 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2016 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, National

Milwaukee, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Milwaukee peaked in February 2010 at 78,052. There are now 41,368 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 36,250 in May 2016, the number of unemployed has now grown by 434. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 36,684 -689 -4,617

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
December
2016
4.7%
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.4% 36,684
October
2016
4.8% 4.1% 4.5% 37,373
September
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.5% 37,332
August
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.6% 38,116
July
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.4% 36,673
June
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.4% 36,583
May
2016
4.7% 4.2% 4.4% 36,250
April
2016
5.0% 4.4% 4.7% 38,959
March
2016
5.0% 4.5% 4.7% 38,907
February
2016
4.9% 4.6% 4.9% 41,028
January
2016
4.9% 4.6% 5.0% 41,355

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.