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 2021 to 3.9%. The state unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Wisconsin peaked in April 2020 at 14.8% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.8% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Wisconsin 3.9% 0.0 -6.5

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2021

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in April 2020 at 453,138. There are now 333,480 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 116,563 in February 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 3,095. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 119,658 -43 -196,979

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to May 2021

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
June 2021 5.9%
May 2021 5.8% 3.9% 119,658
April 2021 6.1% 3.9% 119,701
March 2021 6.0% 3.8% 117,330
February 2021 6.2% 3.8% 116,563
January 2021 6.3% 3.8% 116,894
December 2020 6.7% 4.0% 121,607
November 2020 6.7% 4.4% 132,913
October 2020 6.9% 4.8% 145,990
September 2020 7.8% 5.2% 162,696
August 2020 8.4% 6.1% 186,240
July 2020 10.2% 7.2% 219,314