Department of Numbers

Wisconsin Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Wisconsin fell 1.0 percentage points in November 2020 to 5.0%. The state unemployment rate was 1.7 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Wisconsin peaked in April 2020 at 13.6% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. You can also see Wisconsin unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.7% -0.2 +3.1
Wisconsin 5.0% -1.0 +1.5

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 2020

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wisconsin peaked in April 2020 at 415,557. There are now 259,008 fewer people unemployed in the state. Wisconsin job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons November 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Wisconsin 156,549 -32,939 +48,949

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Wisconsin from 1990 to November 2020

Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployed
December 2020 6.7%
November 2020 6.7% 5.0% 156,549
October 2020 6.9% 6.0% 189,488
September 2020 7.8% 5.4% 169,493
August 2020 8.4% 6.3% 192,280
July 2020 10.2% 7.1% 215,799
June 2020 11.1% 8.6% 264,632
May 2020 13.3% 12.1% 376,650
April 2020 14.8% 13.6% 415,557
March 2020 4.4% 3.1% 96,325
February 2020 3.5% 3.5% 108,875
January 2020 3.5% 3.5% 109,603