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Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Appleton fell 1.3 percentage points in January 2021 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.9 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Appleton peaked in April 2020 at 13.0% and is now 10.1 percentage points lower. You can also compare Appleton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.3% -0.4 +2.8
Wisconsin 3.8% -0.2 +0.5
Appleton 2.9% -1.3 -0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with January 2021 data as February 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 12,767 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Appleton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Appleton, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons January 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Appleton 3,836 -1,674 -165

Number of Unemployed Persons

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.8%
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 2.9% 3,836
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 4.2% 5,510
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 4.2% 5,463
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 4.8% 6,303
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.3% 5,616
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 5.3% 6,803
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 6.0% 7,539
June
2020
11.1% 8.6% 7.4% 9,387
May
2020
13.3% 10.4% 11.0% 14,182
April
2020
14.8% 14.8% 13.0% 16,603

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.