Wisconsin’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent
According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of April released by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate was 6.1 percent. The data also showed Wisconsin’s total non-farm jobs increased by 9,300 over the month, while private-sector jobs increased by 8,200 over the same period.
- Place of Residence Data: Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate in April was 65.9, 4.2 percent higher than the national rate of 61.7 percent. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate in April was 3.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in the same month.
- Place of Work Data: Wisconsin added 9,300 total non-farm and 8,200 private-sector jobs from March to April. From April 2020 to April 2021, Wisconsin total non-farm jobs increased by 267,300 and private-sector jobs increased by 261,200. The BLS survey was conducted during the reference week, which includes the 12th of the month; the height of the COVID-19 shutdown in April 2020.
The full report can be viewed on DWD’s source for labor market information, WisConomy.com.