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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 August 2014 to 6.0%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 3.6 percentage points lower. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% -0.1 -1.1
Wisconsin 5.7% -0.1 -1.0
Milwaukee 6.0% -0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2014 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 January 2010 at 76,736. There are now 28,501 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 48,235 -1,411 -9,505

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
September
2014
5.9% 5.5%
August
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.0% 48,235
July
2014
6.2% 5.8% 6.2% 49,646
June
2014
6.1% 5.7% 6.2% 49,282
May
2014
6.3% 5.7% 6.2% 49,847
April
2014
6.3% 5.8% 6.3% 50,406
March
2014
6.7% 5.9% 6.5% 51,787
February
2014
6.7% 6.1% 6.7% 53,030
January
2014
6.6% 6.2% 6.8% 54,253
December
2013
6.7% 6.3% 7.0% 55,885
November
2013
7.0% 6.4% 7.1% 56,434
October
2013
7.2% 6.5% 7.1% 56,943
September
2013
7.2% 6.6% 7.2% 57,395

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.