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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee rose 0.1 percentage points in February 2021 to 4.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.7 percentage points higher than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Milwaukee peaked in April 2020 at 14.1% and is now 9.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 4.4% in January 2021, 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 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 6.2% -0.1 +2.7
Wisconsin 3.8% 0.0 +0.5
Milwaukee 4.5% +0.1 +0.9
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2021 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 April 2020 at 115,345. There are now 79,755 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 34,872 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 718. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 35,590 +718 +5,809

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
March
2021
6.0%
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 4.5% 35,590
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 4.4% 34,872
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 6.2% 50,403
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 6.1% 49,987
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 7.3% 61,656
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 6.6% 55,228
August
2020
8.4% 6.1% 7.6% 62,903
July
2020
10.2% 7.2% 8.7% 70,359
June
2020
11.1% 8.6% 10.1% 83,322
May
2020
13.3% 10.4% 13.5% 112,281
April
2020
14.8% 14.8% 14.1% 115,345

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.