We spoke to workers across the state who have been impacted by COVID-19.

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A New Report for an Unpredictable Era

For more than two decades, we’ve released The State of Working Wisconsin. In 2020, we launched a new digital report to meet the reality of the COVID-19 crisis.

Big Picture Analysis

The COVID-19 crisis has touched nearly every worker. Read our big picture analysis of the patterns emerging.

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Worker Experiences

COVID-19 is transforming work more rapidly than standard data can track. Workers’ lives provide a more immediate picture.

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Tracking the Crisis

In March 2020, COVID-19’s impact on the economy was immediate. Jobs plummeted. Unemployment skyrocketed. Key data show how we are doing relative to February 2020, before the collapse.


Jobs Lost

In March 2021, Wisconsin had 4.9% fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 crisis hit.



In March 2021, unemployment held steady at 3.8%, remaining just above the February 2020 level (3.5%).


Jobs Lost

This sector – restaurants, hotels, and more – has been hardest hit; it has lost one-fifth of its jobs.

Explore the Data

Our Interactive Data Dashboard

The impact of COVID-19 is fast-moving and frequently changing. Dig deeper into unemployment and jobs data, comparing Wisconsin, the US, and the 50 states.
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Our Analysis of the Monthly Data

Because of the virus, this crisis is unlike other economic recessions. Each month, new economic data is released. We analyze these economic indicators through the lens of how they impact working people.
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Data Analysis & Insights

Guest Spotlight

Addressing the Concerns of Workers in the Time of COVID-19

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By Rabbi Bonnie Margulis
Executive Director, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice


  • March 2021 Data Analysis

    Context In March 2020, the US took dramatic steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many states issued stay-at-home orders and the economy contracted dramatically. Jobs fell away and unemployment spiked. After the collapse more …

  • February 2021 Data Analysis

    In February, Wisconsin continued its economic growth as more residents were vaccinated and some areas loosened restrictions on indoor dining, gatherings, and more.

  • January 2021 Data Analysis

    There are number of sources of hope: falling COVID cases, increasing vaccination, and the federal American Rescue Plan. In the coming months, hopefully these positive signs will turn into economic opportunity for the workers in Wisconsin who need it most.

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