Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2022 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.5 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 11.1 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.1 -1.9
Wisconsin 3.0% +0.1 -0.8

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to July 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 341,335 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 88,526 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 4,872. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 93,398 +1,705 -26,873

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
August 2022 3.7%
July 2022 3.5% 3.0% 93,398
June 2022 3.6% 2.9% 91,693
May 2022 3.6% 2.9% 89,900
April 2022 3.6% 2.8% 89,265
March 2022 3.6% 2.8% 88,526
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