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Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wausau rose 0.2 percentage points in September 2022 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.5 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Wausau peaked in April 2020 at 11.5% and is now 8.8 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.3% in March 2022, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.4 percentage points. You can also compare Wausau 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
Wausau 2.7% +0.2 0.0
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: 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 April 2020 at 8,458. There are now 6,480 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,735 in March 2022, the number of unemployed has now grown by 243. Wausau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wausau, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons September 2022 Month/Month Year/Year
Wausau 1,978 +91 -13

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployed
October
2022
3.7%
September
2022
3.5% 3.2% 2.7% 1,978
August
2022
3.7% 3.1% 2.5% 1,887
July
2022
3.5% 3.0% 2.4% 1,823
June
2022
3.6% 2.9% 2.4% 1,778
May
2022
3.6% 2.9% 2.3% 1,748
April
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.3% 1,750
March
2022
3.6% 2.8% 2.3% 1,735
February
2022
3.8% 2.9% 2.4% 1,769
January
2022
4.0% 3.0% 2.4% 1,817
December
2021
3.9% 3.1% 2.5% 1,877
November
2021
4.2% 3.1% 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.