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Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Appleton fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.4%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Appleton peaked in December 2009 at 8.6% and is now 6.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Appleton unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.1 0.0
Appleton 2.4% -0.3 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 7,802 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 33. Appleton employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Appleton, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Appleton 3,137 -434 +33

Number of Unemployed Persons

Appleton, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployment Rate
Appleton
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.4% 3,137
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 2.7% 3,571
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.7% 3,547
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 3,607
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.8% 3,696
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.8% 3,715
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.8% 3,811
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.8% 3,699
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.7% 3,654
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.5% 3,394
April
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.5% 3,333

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.