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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2016 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 5.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in May 2016, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.9% -0.1 -0.1
Wisconsin 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Milwaukee 4.5% 0.0 -0.5
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2016 data as November 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 40,764 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 1,038. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 37,288 -44 -4,001

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
November
2016
4.6%
October
2016
4.9% 4.1% 4.5% 37,288
September
2016
5.0% 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
December
2015
5.0% 4.6% 4.9% 40,716

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.