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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee rose 0.2 percentage points in August 2019 to 3.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.2 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.0% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Wisconsin 3.1% +0.1 +0.1
Milwaukee 3.3% +0.2 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 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 February 2010 at 77,234. There are now 50,260 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 24,390 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 2,584. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 26,974 +1,190 +243

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 3.3% 26,974
July
2019
3.7% 3.0% 3.1% 25,784
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 3.0% 24,896
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 24,445
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 3.0% 24,390
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.0% 24,956
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 3.1% 25,510
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 3.2% 26,524
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.2% 26,650
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 3.2% 26,635
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.2% 26,638

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.