Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.0 percentage points in January 2020 to 3.5%. The state unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 9.3% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in December 2017, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% +0.1 -0.4
Wisconsin 3.5% 0.0 +0.4

Note: All comparisons are made with January data as February state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to January 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 285,764. There are now 176,143 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 92,482 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 17,139. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 109,621 +2,068 +13,343

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to January 2020

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
February 2020 3.5%
January 2020 3.6% 3.5% 109,621
December 2019 3.5% 3.5% 107,553
November 2019 3.5% 3.5% 107,600
October 2019 3.6% 3.5% 107,563
September 2019 3.5% 3.4% 107,092
August 2019 3.7% 3.4% 106,480
July 2019 3.7% 3.4% 105,597
June 2019 3.7% 3.4% 104,386
May 2019 3.6% 3.3% 103,015
April 2019 3.6% 3.3% 101,377
March 2019 3.8% 3.2% 99,617