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La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for La Crosse fell 0.0 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in La Crosse peaked in November 2009 at 7.4% and is now 4.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.5% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.2 percentage points. You can also compare La Crosse unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Wisconsin 3.1% +0.1 +0.1
La Crosse 2.7% 0.0 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: La Crosse, Wisconsin, National

La Crosse, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

La Crosse, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in La Crosse peaked in November 2009 at 5,671. There are now 3,525 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,961 in October 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 185. La Crosse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in La Crosse, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
La Crosse 2,146 +42 +155

Number of Unemployed Persons

La Crosse, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.7% 2,146
July
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 2,104
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.7% 2,069
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2,030
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.6% 2,019
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.6% 2,029
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.6% 2,011
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 2.6% 2,017
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.6% 1,981
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 1,973
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.5% 1,961

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.