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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee rose 0.1 percentage points in December 2015 to 4.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.5% in August 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.0% 0.0 -0.6
Wisconsin 4.3% +0.1 -0.9
Milwaukee 4.9% +0.1 -0.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2015 data as January 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 78,031. There are now 37,524 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 37,235 in August 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,272. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 40,507 +720 -5,560

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
January
2016
4.9%
December
2015
5.0% 4.3% 4.9% 40,507
November
2015
5.0% 4.2% 4.8% 39,787
October
2015
5.0% 4.3% 4.7% 38,491
September
2015
5.1% 4.3% 4.6% 37,262
August
2015
5.1% 4.5% 4.5% 37,235
July
2015
5.3% 4.6% 4.9% 39,692
June
2015
5.3% 4.6% 5.0% 40,870
May
2015
5.5% 4.6% 5.2% 42,566
April
2015
5.4% 4.4% 4.8% 39,471
March
2015
5.5% 4.6% 5.1% 41,918
February
2015
5.5% 4.8% 5.1% 42,010

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.