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Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wausau fell 0.2 percentage points in November 2017 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Wausau peaked in February 2010 at 10.2% and is now 7.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.6% in April 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Wausau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.5
Wisconsin 3.2% -0.2 -0.9
Wausau 2.9% -0.2 -0.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with November 2017 data as December metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Wausau, Wisconsin, National

Wausau, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wausau peaked in February 2010 at 7,618. There are now 5,434 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,940 in April 2017, the number of unemployed has now grown by 244. Wausau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wausau, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2017 Month/Month Year/Year
Wausau 2,184 -139 -577

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployed
December
2017
4.1%
November
2017
4.1% 3.2% 2.9% 2,184
October
2017
4.1% 3.4% 3.1% 2,323
September
2017
4.2% 3.5% 3.2% 2,415
August
2017
4.4% 3.4% 3.2% 2,385
July
2017
4.3% 3.2% 2.9% 2,202
June
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.8% 2,087
May
2017
4.3% 3.1% 2.6% 1,987
April
2017
4.4% 3.2% 2.6% 1,940
March
2017
4.5% 3.4% 2.7% 2,051
February
2017
4.7% 3.7% 3.1% 2,307
January
2017
4.8% 3.9% 3.3% 2,449

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.