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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 0.4 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.0 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in December 2009 at 9.6% and is now 6.7 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.8% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.1 0.0
Milwaukee 2.9% -0.4 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March 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 78,313. There are now 54,477 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,294 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 542. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 23,836 -2,968 +542

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.9% 23,836
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 3.3% 26,804
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.2% 25,929
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 3.3% 26,997
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.3% 27,559
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 3.3% 27,386
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 3.4% 28,170
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 3.3% 27,392
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 3.3% 27,197
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 3.0% 24,740
April
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.9% 24,148

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.