Department of Numbers

NOTE: It looks like there won't be any metro employment/unemployment updates for the next few months. The BLS is reworking the data based on new OMB geographic delineations and won't be able to release updates until at least (and probably later than) April 21st. More here. I'll update the data as soon as it's available. Sorry folks.

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 0.0 percentage points in December 2014 to 5.7%. 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 3.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 5.7% in November 2014, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.6% -0.2 -1.1
Wisconsin 5.2% 0.0 -0.9
Milwaukee 5.7% 0.0 -1.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with December 2014 data as January 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 30,503 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons December 2014 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 46,233 -297 -9,652

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
April
2015
5.4% 4.4%
March
2015
5.5% 4.6%
February
2015
5.5% 4.8%
January
2015
5.7% 5.0%
December
2014
5.6% 5.2% 5.7% 46,233
November
2014
5.8% 5.2% 5.7% 46,530
October
2014
5.7% 5.3% 5.9% 47,380
September
2014
5.9% 5.3% 5.9% 47,399
August
2014
6.1% 5.3% 6.0% 48,248
July
2014
6.2% 5.4% 6.2% 49,646
June
2014
6.1% 5.4% 6.2% 49,282
May
2014
6.3% 5.5% 6.2% 49,847

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.