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Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Milwaukee fell 0.0 percentage points in July 2021 to 4.9%. 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 15.2% and is now 10.3 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.9% in January 2021, the unemployment rate has now grown by 2.0 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
National 5.4% -0.5 -4.8
Wisconsin 3.9% 0.0 -3.3
Milwaukee 4.9% 0.0 -3.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with July 2021 data as August 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 121,763. There are now 82,170 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 23,085 in January 2021, the number of unemployed has now grown by 16,508. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons July 2021 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 39,593 +192 -29,174

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
August
2021
5.2%
July
2021
5.4% 3.9% 4.9% 39,593
June
2021
5.9% 3.9% 4.9% 39,401
May
2021
5.8% 3.9% 4.7% 38,128
April
2021
6.1% 3.9% 4.5% 35,836
March
2021
6.0% 3.8% 4.0% 31,935
February
2021
6.2% 3.8% 3.5% 27,742
January
2021
6.3% 3.8% 2.9% 23,085
December
2020
6.7% 4.0% 5.0% 40,203
November
2020
6.7% 4.4% 5.3% 42,645
October
2020
6.9% 4.8% 5.7% 45,975
September
2020
7.8% 5.2% 6.5% 53,515

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.