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Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Appleton fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Appleton peaked in December 2009 at 8.6% and is now 5.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Appleton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0 -0.2
Appleton 2.8% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Appleton, Wisconsin, National

Appleton, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Appleton peaked in February 2010 at 10,939. There are now 7,244 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,104 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 591. Appleton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Appleton, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Appleton 3,695 -20 -440

Number of Unemployed Persons

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.8% 3,695
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.8% 3,715
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 3,811
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.8% 3,699
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.7% 3,654
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.5% 3,394
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.5% 3,333
March
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.4% 3,206
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 3,104
January
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.5% 3,337
December
2017
4.1% 3.2% 2.8% 3,763

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.