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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 February 2021 to 3.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in La Crosse peaked in April 2020 at 11.7% and is now 8.5 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.1% in January 2021, 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 February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Wisconsin 3.8% 0.0 +0.5
La Crosse 3.2% +0.1 +0.2
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 8,586. There are now 6,194 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 2,347 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 45. La Crosse employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in La Crosse, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
La Crosse 2,392 +45 +123

Number of Unemployed Persons

La Crosse, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployment Rate
La Crosse
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.2% 2,392
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 3.1% 2,347
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 4.2% 3,236
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 4.2% 3,214
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 4.6% 3,506
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.2% 3,233
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 5.3% 4,003
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 5.9% 4,343
June
2020
11.1% 8.6% 7.3% 5,424
May
2020
13.3% 10.4% 10.8% 8,078
April
2020
14.8% 14.8% 11.7% 8,586

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.