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. Since then, the COVID-19 crisis has touched nearly every worker. The State of Working Wisconsin 2021 will be released the week before Labor Day. Sign up to get all updates sent straight to your inbox.
Jobs Dashboard: 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%).
Leisure/Hospitality Jobs Lost
This sector – restaurants, hotels, and more – has been hardest hit; employment is down 18.7%.
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.