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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 0.2 percentage points in April 2017 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% -0.1 -0.6
Wisconsin 3.2% -0.2 -0.9
Milwaukee 3.3% -0.2 -1.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2017 data as May 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 50,694 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 27,358 -1,185 -9,287

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
May
2017
4.3% 3.1%
April
2017
4.4% 3.2% 3.3% 27,358
March
2017
4.5% 3.4% 3.5% 28,543
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 4.0% 33,152
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 4.0% 33,265
December
2016
4.7% 4.1% 4.4% 35,701
November
2016
4.6% 4.1% 4.5% 36,857
October
2016
4.8% 4.2% 4.6% 38,106
September
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.7% 38,573
August
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.6% 37,872
July
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.5% 37,025
June
2016
4.9% 4.2% 4.4% 36,644

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.