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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 0.3 percentage points in May 2016 to 4.4%. 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 5.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.7% -0.3 -0.8
Wisconsin 4.2% -0.2 -0.4
Milwaukee 4.4% -0.3 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2016 data as June 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 41,839 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2016 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 36,213 -2,746 -5,120

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
June
2016
4.9% 4.2%
May
2016
4.7% 4.2% 4.4% 36,213
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
November
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.0% 41,301
October
2015
5.0% 4.6% 5.0% 41,289
September
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.9% 40,596
August
2015
5.1% 4.6% 4.9% 40,137
July
2015
5.3% 4.6% 4.9% 40,196

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.