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La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for La Crosse fell 0.2 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in La Crosse peaked in September 2009 at 7.5% and is now 4.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% 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 February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.1 0.0
La Crosse 2.6% -0.2 0.0
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: 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 October 2009 at 5,825. There are now 3,768 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,915 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 142. La Crosse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in La Crosse, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
La Crosse 2,057 -99 -28

Number of Unemployed Persons

La Crosse, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.6% 2,057
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 2.8% 2,156
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.5% 1,979
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 1,929
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.5% 1,959
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.4% 1,915
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.6% 2,082
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.6% 2,110
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.7% 2,134
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.5% 1,966
April
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.5% 2,029

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.