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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 1.1 percentage points in August 2020 to 7.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.3 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 6.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 8.4% -1.8 +4.7
Wisconsin 6.3% -0.8 +2.9
Milwaukee 7.6% -1.1 +3.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2020 data as September metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, National

Milwaukee, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Milwaukee peaked in April 2020 at 115,345. There are now 53,304 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 62,041 -8,318 +32,156

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
September
2020
7.9% 5.4%
August
2020
8.4% 6.3% 7.6% 62,041
July
2020
10.2% 7.1% 8.7% 70,359
June
2020
11.1% 8.6% 10.1% 83,322
May
2020
13.3% 12.1% 13.5% 112,281
April
2020
14.7% 13.6% 14.1% 115,345
March
2020
4.4% 3.1% 3.5% 28,370
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.6% 29,781
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.7% 30,394
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.7% 30,273
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.7% 30,267
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.7% 30,216

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.