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Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Wausau fell 2.3 percentage points in May 2020 to 9.6%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.5 percentage points lower than the Wisconsin rate. The unemployment rate in Wausau peaked in April 2020 at 11.9% and is now 2.3 percentage points lower. You can also compare Wausau unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
Wisconsin 12.1% -1.5 +8.8
Wausau 9.6% -2.3 +6.7
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June 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 8,492. There are now 1,433 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Wausau employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Wausau, Wisconsin) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Wausau 7,059 -1,433 +4,954

Number of Unemployed Persons

Wausau, Wisconsin Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Wisconsin
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployment Rate
Wausau
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1% 8.5%
May
2020
13.3% 12.1% 9.6% 7,059
April
2020
14.7% 13.6% 11.9% 8,492
March
2020
4.4% 3.1% 2.8% 2,057
February
2020
3.5% 3.5% 3.0% 2,189
January
2020
3.6% 3.5% 3.1% 2,265
December
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.1% 2,259
November
2019
3.5% 3.5% 3.1% 2,253
October
2019
3.6% 3.5% 3.0% 2,246
September
2019
3.5% 3.4% 3.0% 2,237
August
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.0% 2,225
July
2019
3.7% 3.4% 3.0% 2,204

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.