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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 September 2022 to 3.5%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 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 3.4% in June 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Milwaukee unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.5% -0.2 -1.2
Wisconsin 3.2% +0.1 -0.2
Milwaukee 3.5% +0.1 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with September 2022 data as October 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 87,878 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 28,133 in July 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 530. Milwaukee employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Milwaukee 28,663 +491 -2,753

Number of Unemployed Persons

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployment Rate
Milwaukee
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.2% 3.5% 28,663
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 3.4% 28,172
July
2022
3.5% 3.0% 3.4% 28,133
June
2022
3.6% 2.9% 3.4% 28,245
May
2022
3.6% 2.9% 3.5% 28,741
April
2022
3.6% 2.8% 3.5% 28,739
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

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.