Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.0 percentage points in March 2018 to 2.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 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 6.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 4.1% 0.0 -0.4
Wisconsin 2.9% 0.0 -0.4

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 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 195,336 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons March 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 90,428 -2,405 -13,846

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
April 2018 3.9%
March 2018 4.1% 2.9% 90,428
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
October 2017 4.1% 3.2% 101,782
September 2017 4.2% 3.3% 103,577
August 2017 4.4% 3.3% 105,003
July 2017 4.3% 3.3% 105,277
June 2017 4.3% 3.3% 104,547
May 2017 4.3% 3.3% 103,574