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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 April 2022 to 3.5%. 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 14.4% and is now 10.9 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.5% in January 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -2.4
Wisconsin 2.8% 0.0 -1.5
Milwaukee 3.5% 0.0 -1.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2022 data as May 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 116,541. There are now 87,811 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 28,503 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 227. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 28,730 +227 -12,848

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
May
2022
3.6%
April
2022
3.6% 2.8% 3.5% 28,730
March
2022
3.6% 2.8% 3.5% 28,503
February
2022
3.8% 2.9% 3.5% 28,683
January
2022
4.0% 3.0% 3.5% 29,015
December
2021
3.9% 3.1% 3.6% 29,834
November
2021
4.2% 3.1% 3.6% 29,611
October
2021
4.6% 3.2% 3.6% 29,799
September
2021
4.7% 3.4% 3.8% 31,416
August
2021
5.2% 3.6% 4.1% 33,699
July
2021
5.4% 3.8% 4.4% 36,271
June
2021
5.9% 4.0% 4.7% 38,590

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.