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Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wausau rose 0.1 percentage points in August 2019 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.4 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Wausau peaked in February 2010 at 10.1% and is now 7.4 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in March 2019, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.3 percentage points. You can also compare Wausau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.1
Wisconsin 3.1% +0.1 +0.1
Wausau 2.7% +0.1 0.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with August 2019 data as September 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 7,483. There are now 5,493 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 1,755 in April 2019, the number of unemployed has now grown by 235. Wausau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wausau, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons August 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Wausau 1,990 +91 -23

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployed
September
2019
3.5% 3.2%
August
2019
3.7% 3.1% 2.7% 1,990
July
2019
3.7% 3.0% 2.6% 1,899
June
2019
3.7% 2.9% 2.5% 1,814
May
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.4% 1,770
April
2019
3.6% 2.8% 2.4% 1,755
March
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.4% 1,791
February
2019
3.8% 2.9% 2.5% 1,854
January
2019
4.0% 3.0% 2.6% 1,961
December
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.7% 1,993
November
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 1,991
October
2018
3.8% 3.0% 2.7% 1,991

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.