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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 June 2015 to 5.0%. 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 4.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.8% in April 2015, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.3% -0.2 -0.8
Wisconsin 4.6% 0.0 -0.8
Milwaukee 5.0% -0.2 -0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1

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 37,191 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 39,471 in April 2015, the number of unemployed has now grown by 1,369. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons June 2015 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 40,840 -1,726 -7,761

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
June
2015
5.3% 4.6% 5.0% 40,840
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
January
2015
5.7% 5.0% 5.3% 44,216
December
2014
5.6% 5.2% 5.6% 46,067
November
2014
5.8% 5.2% 5.7% 47,323
October
2014
5.7% 5.3% 5.8% 48,103
September
2014
5.9% 5.3% 5.8% 48,336
August
2014
6.1% 5.3% 5.9% 48,547
July
2014
6.2% 5.4% 5.9% 48,545

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.