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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 February 2017 to 3.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.7 percentage points lower. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.1 -0.2
Wisconsin 3.7% -0.2 -0.5
Milwaukee 3.9% -0.1 -1.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2017 data as March 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 45,673 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 32,379 -486 -8,649

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
March
2017
4.5% 3.4%
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 3.9% 32,379
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 4.0% 32,865
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.4% 36,026
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.5% 36,825
October
2016
4.8% 4.2% 4.5% 37,373
September
2016
4.9% 4.2% 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% 4.1% 4.4% 36,250
April
2016
5.0% 4.1% 4.7% 38,959

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.