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Madison, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Madison fell 0.1 percentage points in April 2021 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Madison peaked in April 2020 at 11.9% and is now 8.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.3% in December 2020, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Madison unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.1% +0.1 -8.7
Wisconsin 3.9% +0.1 -10.9
Madison 3.3% -0.1 -8.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2021 data as May metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Madison, Wisconsin, National

Madison, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Madison, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Madison peaked in April 2020 at 44,666. There are now 31,921 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area.

Unemployed Persons April 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Madison 12,745 -481 -31,921

Number of Unemployed Persons

Madison, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Madison
Unemployment Rate
Madison
Unemployed
May
2021
5.8%
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 3.3% 12,745
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 3.4% 13,226
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.6% 14,064
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 4.0% 15,432
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 3.3% 12,846
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 3.5% 13,623
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 3.8% 14,715
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 4.1% 16,292
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 4.9% 18,609
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 5.7% 21,970
June
2020
11.1% 8.6% 6.6% 24,873

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.