Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 3.0%. The state unemployment rate was 0.7 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 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in April 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0 -0.2

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to October 2018

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in January 2010 at 285,764. There are now 190,668 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 89,208 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 5,888. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 95,096 -31 -6,686

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to October 2018

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
October 2018 3.7% 3.0% 95,096
September 2018 3.7% 3.0% 95,127
August 2018 3.9% 3.0% 95,109
July 2018 3.9% 2.9% 93,064
June 2018 4.0% 2.9% 91,069
May 2018 3.8% 2.8% 89,208
April 2018 3.9% 2.8% 89,508
March 2018 4.1% 2.9% 90,514
February 2018 4.1% 2.9% 92,833
January 2018 4.1% 3.1% 96,670
December 2017 4.1% 3.2% 100,861
November 2017 4.1% 3.2% 100,952