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La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for La Crosse rose 0.1 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in La Crosse peaked in September 2009 at 7.5% and is now 5.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in September 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare La Crosse unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0 -0.2
La Crosse 2.5% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 3,868 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 42. La Crosse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in La Crosse, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
La Crosse 1,957 +42 -234

Number of Unemployed Persons

La Crosse, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.5% 1,957
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.4% 1,915
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.6% 2,082
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.6% 2,110
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.7% 2,134
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.5% 1,966
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.5% 2,029
March
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.6% 2,098
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.6% 2,085
January
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.6% 2,061
December
2017
4.1% 3.2% 2.6% 2,063

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.