Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 2.8%. The state unemployment rate was 0.8 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 6.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in April 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Wisconsin 2.8% 0.0 -0.3

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 285,764. There are now 197,146 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 88,111 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 507. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 88,618 +507 -7,285

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to May 2019

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
May 2019 3.6% 2.8% 88,618
April 2019 3.6% 2.8% 88,111
March 2019 3.8% 2.9% 89,562
February 2019 3.8% 2.9% 90,987
January 2019 4.0% 3.0% 93,687
December 2018 3.9% 3.0% 93,589
November 2018 3.7% 3.0% 93,386
October 2018 3.8% 3.0% 93,198
September 2018 3.7% 3.0% 93,550
August 2018 3.8% 3.0% 94,365
July 2018 3.9% 3.0% 95,369
June 2018 4.0% 3.1% 96,047