The numbers only tell a part of the story. 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. This year, we’ve released a new digital report to meet the reality of the COVID-19 crisis. Explore below for profiles of workers, monthly updates of economic data indicators, analysis from experts, and more.

Working Wisconsin in the COVID-19 Crisis

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

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Highlighting 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, 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 September, Wisconsin had 7% fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 crisis hit in March 2020.



In September,   unemployment continued to edged down but remains well-above the February 2020 rate (3.5%).


Jobs Lost

This sector – restaurants, hotels, and more – has been hardest hit; it has lost one-fourth 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.
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.
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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