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Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Appleton fell 2.2 percentage points in May 2020 to 10.8%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Appleton peaked in April 2020 at 13.0% and is now 2.2 percentage points lower. You can also compare Appleton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Wisconsin 12.1% -1.5 +8.8
Appleton 10.8% -2.2 +7.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 16,603. There are now 2,615 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Appleton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Appleton, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Appleton 13,988 -2,615 +10,152

Number of Unemployed Persons

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.5%
May
2020
13.3% 12.1% 10.8% 13,988
April
2020
14.7% 13.6% 13.0% 16,603
March
2020
4.4% 3.1% 2.8% 3,668
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.0% 3,886
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 4,001
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.0% 3,958
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.0% 3,971
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 3,985
September
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.1% 3,998
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 4,006
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.1% 3,989

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.