Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Wisconsin

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September 15, 2022
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Counties with the highest unemployment rate in Wisconsin

Unemployment rates, while significantly lower than the alarming pandemic peak of 14.7% experienced in April 2020, remain a subject of concern, notably as economic experts bandy around the idea of a potential recession by 2023. The last economic recession—the Great Recession of 2008-2010—sent rates up to 10% as of October 2009. It was not until the spring of 2019 that unemployment finally went down to the same level it sits at now.

As of August of this year, national unemployment is at 3.7%, 0.1% higher than in May, marking a three-month stagnation—following a steady drop since that aforementioned COVID-affected peak. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates by state demonstrate a rather sizable spectrum, ranging from just 1.8% in Minnesota, to 4.5% in New Mexico and 5.2% in the District of Columbia. Further breakdown by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows yet another county-based spectrum within each state.

To that end, Stacker compiled a list of counties with the highest unemployment rate in Wisconsin using data from the BLS. Counties are ranked by unemployment rate in July 2022, which as of this writing is the most current Bureau data.

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#50. Brown County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 143,459 (4,277 unemployed)
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#49. Fond du Lac County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 58,055 (1,751 unemployed)
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#48. Manitowoc County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 40,669 (1,240 unemployed)
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#47. Monroe County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 23,425 (702 unemployed)
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#46. Outagamie County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 106,230 (3,138 unemployed)
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#45. Pepin County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: +0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 4,109 (122 unemployed)
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#44. Sauk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 35,450 (1,077 unemployed)
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#43. Winnebago County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.0%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 93,214 (2,815 unemployed)
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#42. Barron County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 24,000 (738 unemployed)
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#41. Pierce County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 25,654 (790 unemployed)
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#40. Trempealeau County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 14,821 (455 unemployed)
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#39. Dunn County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 23,332 (750 unemployed)
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#38. Oneida County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 18,985 (602 unemployed)
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#37. Richland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 9,038 (289 unemployed)
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#36. Shawano County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 20,769 (664 unemployed)
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#35. Waupaca County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.3%
-Total Labor Force: 25,966 (841 unemployed)
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#34. Chippewa County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 33,422 (1,109 unemployed)
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#33. Green Lake County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.5%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 9,502 (317 unemployed)
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#32. Oconto County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 20,797 (680 unemployed)
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#31. Polk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 24,874 (815 unemployed)
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#30. Portage County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.4%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 37,084 (1,216 unemployed)
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#29. Walworth County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.3%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 57,751 (1,886 unemployed)
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#28. Crawford County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 7,212 (253 unemployed)
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#27. Juneau County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 13,397 (475 unemployed)
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#26. Price County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 6,272 (217 unemployed)
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#25. Waushara County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.5%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 11,121 (389 unemployed)
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#24. Florence County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -1.0%
-Total Labor Force: 2,188 (78 unemployed)
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#23. Lincoln County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 14,757 (530 unemployed)
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#22. Marquette County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 7,722 (279 unemployed)
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#21. Washburn County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.6%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 7,972 (289 unemployed)
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#20. Kenosha County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.7%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.9%
-Total Labor Force: 94,148 (3,465 unemployed)
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#19. Rusk County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.3%
--- 1 year change: -0.2%
-Total Labor Force: 6,424 (241 unemployed)
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#18. Vilas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.4%
-Total Labor Force: 11,252 (431 unemployed)
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#17. Wood County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.8%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 34,284 (1,298 unemployed)
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#16. Jackson County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 9,415 (365 unemployed)
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#15. Rock County

- Current Unemployment rate: 3.9%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 87,186 (3,404 unemployed)
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#14. Buffalo County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: 0.0%
-Total Labor Force: 6,134 (243 unemployed)
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#13. Langlade County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 9,372 (377 unemployed)
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#12. Sawyer County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 8,467 (339 unemployed)
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#11. Burnett County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.6%
-Total Labor Force: 7,502 (313 unemployed)
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#10. Douglas County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 23,501 (979 unemployed)
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#9. Racine County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.2%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 99,364 (4,219 unemployed)
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#8. Marinette County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.3%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 19,242 (823 unemployed)
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#7. Ashland County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.4%
--- 1 month change: -0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.7%
-Total Labor Force: 7,947 (351 unemployed)
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#6. Milwaukee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 4.7%
--- 1 month change: 0.0%
--- 1 year change: -1.3%
-Total Labor Force: 472,287 (22,319 unemployed)
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#5. Bayfield County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.0%
--- 1 month change: +0.1%
--- 1 year change: -0.1%
-Total Labor Force: 7,757 (385 unemployed)
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#4. Forest County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.1%
--- 1 month change: -0.2%
--- 1 year change: -1.2%
-Total Labor Force: 3,874 (199 unemployed)
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#3. Adams County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.3%
--- 1 month change: +0.2%
--- 1 year change: -0.5%
-Total Labor Force: 8,002 (427 unemployed)
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#2. Iron County

- Current Unemployment rate: 5.7%
--- 1 month change: +0.5%
--- 1 year change: -0.8%
-Total Labor Force: 2,492 (142 unemployed)
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#1. Menominee County

- Current Unemployment rate: 9.1%
--- 1 month change: +1.5%
--- 1 year change: -2.3%
-Total Labor Force: 1,589 (144 unemployed)

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