Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 0.0 percentage points in November 2022 to 3.3%. The state unemployment rate was 0.3 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 10.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% -0.1 -0.6
Wisconsin 3.3% 0.0 +0.2

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

Unemployment Rate: Wisconsin, National

Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to November 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 332,617 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 88,526 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 13,590. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 102,116 +31 +5,189

Number of Unemployed Persons

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

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
December 2022 3.5%
November 2022 3.6% 3.3% 102,116
October 2022 3.7% 3.3% 102,085
September 2022 3.5% 3.2% 99,886
August 2022 3.7% 3.1% 96,263
July 2022 3.5% 3.0% 93,408
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