Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.1 percentage points in March 2022 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 April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 11.3 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.2 -2.4
Wisconsin 2.8% -0.1 -1.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to March 2022

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in April 2020 at 434,733. There are now 346,217 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 88,516 -2,262 -47,322

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to March 2022

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
April 2022 3.6%
March 2022 3.6% 2.8% 88,516
February 2022 3.8% 2.9% 90,778
January 2022 4.0% 3.0% 93,107
December 2021 3.9% 3.1% 96,541
November 2021 4.2% 3.1% 96,927
October 2021 4.6% 3.2% 99,284
September 2021 4.7% 3.4% 105,267
August 2021 5.2% 3.6% 113,100
July 2021 5.4% 3.8% 120,271
June 2021 5.9% 4.0% 126,438
May 2021 5.8% 4.1% 129,623