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Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Appleton rose 0.1 percentage points in July 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Appleton peaked in December 2009 at 8.6% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Appleton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.2
Wisconsin 3.0% +0.1 0.0
Appleton 2.6% +0.1 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2019 data as August 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 January 2010 at 10,801. There are now 7,360 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 3,229 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 212. Appleton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Appleton, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Appleton 3,441 +132 -255

Number of Unemployed Persons

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5%
August
2019
3.7% 3.1%
July
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.6% 3,441
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.5% 3,309
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.5% 3,245
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.5% 3,229
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.5% 3,308
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.6% 3,431
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 2.8% 3,613
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 3,662
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.8% 3,659
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.8% 3,658

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.