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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 February 2014 to 6.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in January 2010 at 9.6% and is now 3.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% +0.1 -1.0
Wisconsin 6.1% -0.1 -0.8
Milwaukee 6.6% -0.2 -1.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2014 data as March 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 76,652. There are now 23,516 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 53,136 -1,092 -8,517

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
March
2014
6.7% 5.9%
February
2014
6.7% 6.1% 6.6% 53,136
January
2014
6.6% 6.2% 6.8% 54,228
December
2013
6.7% 6.3% 7.0% 55,651
November
2013
7.0% 6.4% 7.1% 56,475
October
2013
7.2% 6.5% 7.1% 56,422
September
2013
7.2% 6.6% 7.1% 56,502
August
2013
7.2% 6.7% 7.0% 56,536
July
2013
7.3% 6.8% 7.2% 57,874
June
2013
7.5% 6.8% 7.2% 58,159
May
2013
7.5% 6.8% 7.4% 59,467
April
2013
7.5% 6.8% 7.6% 60,407
March
2013
7.5% 6.9% 7.6% 60,827

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.