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.
Tracking the Crisis
Last spring, 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.
In June 2021, Wisconsin had 4.6% fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 crisis hit.
In June 2021, unemployment held steady at 3.9%, remaining slightly above the February 2020 level (3.5%)
This sector – restaurants, hotels, and more – has been hardest hit; employment is down 18.7%.
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.
Explore the Data
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.
Data Analysis & Insights
June 2021 Data Analysis In March 2020, the US took dramatic steps to stop the spread of COVID-19. States issued stay-at-home orders, the economy contracted dramatically, jobs plummeted, and unemployment spiked. After the collapse, the …July 26, 2021
Despite recent growth, Wisconsin faces a substantial jobs deficit – we’re down 137,500 jobs.July 6, 2021
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 …June 2, 2021
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Pandemic Exposes and Exacerbates Black-white Disparities
Before the COVID-19 crisis, Black-white disparities in Wisconsin were among the worst in the nation. COWS documented these disparities in our 2019 report, Race in the Heartland. As COVID-19 has widened Black-white gaps nationally, Wisconsin’s racial divide, already pronounced, is likely growing as well. The response to the crisis and the recovery must focus on racial justice.