Monthly Job Watch

At a Glance

Updated November 23, 2021


Jobs Lost

In October 2021, Wisconsin had 4.0% fewer jobs than before the COVID-19 crisis hit.



In October 2021, unemployment fell to 3.2% and now sits below the February 2020 level (3.5%).


Leisure/Hospitality Jobs Lost

This sector – restaurants, hotels, and more – has been hardest hit; employment is down 12.3%.


  • October 2021 Data Analysis

    Wisconsin’s economic recovery is on an unsteady path, with jobs falling slightly in October. We have come a long way out of the jobs deficit we faced March 2020. But progress ground to halt after early …

  • September 2021 Data Analysis

    The economic recovery continues to sputter. Good news in May-June was interrupted by slower growth later in the summer. Federal investments in recovery continue to support Wisconsin’s families and children. But some of the programs …

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Explore the Data

Click below for month by month jobs and unemployment in Wisconsin, all states, and the US since 1990 as well as see important data for counties and industries.