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Eau Claire, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Eau Claire rose 0.2 percentage points in May 2021 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Eau Claire peaked in April 2020 at 13.3% and is now 9.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 1.0 percentage points. You can also compare Eau Claire unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.8% -0.3 -7.5
Wisconsin 3.9% 0.0 -6.5
Eau Claire 3.5% +0.2 -6.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2021 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, National

Eau Claire, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Eau Claire peaked in April 2020 at 11,777. There are now 8,489 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,356 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 932. Eau Claire employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Eau Claire, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Eau Claire 3,288 +173 -5,801

Number of Unemployed Persons

Eau Claire, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Eau Claire
Unemployment Rate
Eau Claire
Unemployed
June
2021
5.9%
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.5% 3,288
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 3.3% 3,115
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 3.1% 2,907
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 2.8% 2,646
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 2.5% 2,356
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 3.8% 3,514
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 4.1% 3,736
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 4.4% 4,024
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.7% 4,412
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 5.5% 4,999
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 6.5% 5,893

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.