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Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wausau fell 0.3 percentage points in February 2019 to 2.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.6 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Wausau peaked in February 2010 at 10.3% and is now 8.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.1 percentage points. You can also compare Wausau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Wisconsin 2.9% -0.1 0.0
Wausau 2.3% -0.3 +0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Wausau, Wisconsin, National

Wausau, Wisconsin monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Wausau peaked in February 2010 at 7,643. There are now 5,955 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,666 in February 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 22. Wausau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wausau, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Wausau 1,688 -243 +22

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 2.9%
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.3% 1,688
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 2.6% 1,931
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.6% 1,923
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.6% 1,972
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 2,067
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 2,004
August
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 2,075
July
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.7% 2,029
June
2018
4.0% 3.1% 2.7% 2,018
May
2018
3.8% 3.1% 2.5% 1,891
April
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.5% 1,871

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.