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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 1.0 percentage points in May 2020 to 13.1%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 1.0 percentage points lower. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Wisconsin 12.1% -1.5 +8.8
Milwaukee 13.1% -1.0 +9.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 5,302 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 110,043 -5,302 +81,675

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.5%
May
2020
13.3% 12.1% 13.1% 110,043
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
September
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.7% 30,097
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.7% 29,885
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.6% 29,525

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.