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Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Appleton fell 0.0 percentage points in April 2021 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Appleton peaked in April 2020 at 14.0% and is now 10.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Appleton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Wisconsin 3.9% +0.1 -10.9
Appleton 3.2% 0.0 -10.8
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May 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 April 2020 at 17,862. There are now 13,622 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 4,116 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 124. Appleton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Appleton, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Appleton 4,240 +45 -13,622

Number of Unemployed Persons

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 3.2% 4,240
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 3.2% 4,195
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.2% 4,126
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 3.1% 4,116
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 3.2% 4,247
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.5% 4,558
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 3.8% 4,979
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.2% 5,561
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 5.0% 6,431
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 6.0% 7,726
June
2020
11.1% 8.6% 6.9% 8,844

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.