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Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wausau fell 0.0 percentage points in October 2018 to 2.7%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.3 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Wausau peaked in February 2010 at 10.3% and is now 7.6 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.2% in February 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.5 percentage points. You can also compare Wausau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.7% 0.0 -0.4
Wisconsin 3.0% 0.0 -0.2
Wausau 2.7% 0.0 -0.3
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with October 2018 data as November 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 5,580 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 397. Wausau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wausau, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons October 2018 Month/Month Year/Year
Wausau 2,063 +59 -189

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployed
November
2018
3.7%
October
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 2,063
September
2018
3.7% 3.0% 2.7% 2,004
August
2018
3.9% 3.0% 2.7% 2,075
July
2018
3.9% 2.9% 2.7% 2,029
June
2018
4.0% 2.9% 2.7% 2,018
May
2018
3.8% 2.8% 2.5% 1,891
April
2018
3.9% 2.8% 2.5% 1,871
March
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.3% 1,775
February
2018
4.1% 2.9% 2.2% 1,666
January
2018
4.1% 3.1% 2.4% 1,815
December
2017
4.1% 3.2% 2.8% 2,081

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.