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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee rose 0.3 percentage points in August 2017 to 3.8%. 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 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.4% +0.1 -0.5
Wisconsin 3.4% +0.2 -0.8
Milwaukee 3.8% +0.3 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2017 data as September 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 46,563 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 27,026 in May 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,463. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 31,489 +2,404 -6,383

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
September
2017
4.2% 3.5%
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.8% 31,489
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 3.5% 29,085
June
2017
4.4% 3.1% 3.4% 28,055
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 3.3% 27,026
April
2017
4.4% 3.2% 3.3% 27,385
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

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.