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La Crosse-Onalaska, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for La Crosse fell 0.1 percentage points in July 2021 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in La Crosse peaked in April 2020 at 12.7% and is now 9.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in January 2021, 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 July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Wisconsin 3.9% 0.0 -3.3
La Crosse 3.2% -0.1 -2.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 April 2020 at 9,255. There are now 6,786 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,270 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 199. La Crosse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in La Crosse, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
La Crosse 2,469 -34 -1,913

Number of Unemployed Persons

La Crosse, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.9% 3.2% 2,469
June
2021
5.9% 3.9% 3.3% 2,503
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 3.2% 2,448
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 3.1% 2,391
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 3.1% 2,327
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.0% 2,288
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 3.0% 2,270
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 3.3% 2,467
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.5% 2,652
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 3.8% 2,892
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.2% 3,202

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.