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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 2018 to 2.9%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.1 percentage points higher 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 April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.9% -0.2 -0.5
Wisconsin 2.8% -0.1 -0.5
Milwaukee 2.9% 0.0 -0.6
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with April 2018 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 February 2010 at 78,313. There are now 54,188 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 831. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons April 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 24,125 +22 -4,576

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
May
2018
3.8% 2.8%
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.9% 24,125
March
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.9% 24,103
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.8% 23,294
January
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.9% 24,404
December
2017
4.1% 3.2% 3.3% 27,000
November
2017
4.1% 3.2% 3.4% 28,203
October
2017
4.1% 3.2% 3.5% 29,244
September
2017
4.2% 3.3% 3.6% 30,273
August
2017
4.4% 3.3% 3.7% 30,601
July
2017
4.3% 3.3% 3.6% 29,949
June
2017
4.3% 3.3% 3.5% 29,496

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.