Washington County has historically boasted lower unemployment rates not only compared to the greater Milwaukee region, but also Wisconsin and the United States as a whole.

Monthly Unemployment Rates

Comparative Monthly Unemployment Rates

2016

2015

Nov Oct Sep Aug Jul Jun May Apr Mar Feb Jan Dec Nov
Washington County 3.1% 3.1% 3.0% 3.4% 3.5% 3.9% 3.3% 3.5% 4.1% 4.5% 4.2% 3.4% 3.4%
Milwaukee MSA 4.0% 4.0% 4.0% 4.7% 4.7% 4.9% 4.2% 4.6% 5.0% 5.5% 5.3% 4.4% 4.6%
Wisconsin 3.6% 3.5% 3.5% 4.0% 4.2% 4.4% 3.8% 4.3% 5.0% 5.5% 5.2% 4.2% 4.2%
United States 4.4% 4.7% 4.8% 5.0% 5.1% 5.1% 4.5% 4.7% 5.1% 5.2% 5.3% 4.8% 4.8%

*Unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Wisconsin’s Workforce & Labor Market Information System. (2016). Retrieved January 20, 2017¬†using 2016 Benchmarks, from http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/dalaus.aspx?menuselection=da

Annual Unemployment Rates

Comparative Annual Unemployment Rates
Region 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2005 2000
Washington County 3.8% 4.6% 5.7% 6.1%  6.9% 8.1% 8.7% 4.2% 2.9%
Milwaukee MSA 5.0% 5.9% 7.2% 7.5% 8.1% 8.9% 8.8% 5.0% 3.8%
Wisconsin 4.6% 5.4% 6.7% 7.0% 7.8% 8.7% 8.6% 4.7% 3.5%
United States 5.3% 6.2% 7.4% 8.1% 8.9% 9.6% 9.3% 5.1% 4.0%

*Unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

Wisconsin’s Workforce & Labor Market Information System. (2015). Retrieved November 30, 2016 using 2014 Benchmark, from http://worknet.wisconsin.gov/worknet/dalaus.aspx?menuselection=da

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