Milwaukee Unemployment at 8.4%
The unemployment rate for Milwaukee County is slightly lower, 7.3%.
The unemployment rate in the Milwaukee area remains higher than the state average.
The unemployment rate in Wisconsin last month was 5.4%, according to the state’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD). Nationally the unemployment rate was 7.9%.
The unemployment rate for Milwaukee County was slightly lower than the city, at 7.3% last month. Only four out of 72 counties had a higher unemployment rate than Milwaukee. But it did record a drop. In August the rate was 8.9%
The unemployment rate for the Milwaukee – Waukesha – West Allis Metropolitan Statistical Area in September was 6%, a drop from 7.5% in August.
According to DWD, there were 815,200 employed workers in the statistical area last month. An improvement from the previous month. But despite returning jobs, the area has still lost 56,500 jobs since September 2019.
In the past seven days, there were 17,187 initial unemployment claims across the state.
Across the U.S., there were 787,000 initial claims for unemployment last week, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. This is approximately 55,000 fewer claims than the previous week.
Claims for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) went up, however. PUA is a federal program for people that don’t qualify for traditional state unemployment insurance. Last week, there were 345,440 claims for PUA, up more than 8,000 from the previous week.
And most notably, claims for Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) have continued to rise. PEUC is another federal program, though this one is for people that have run out of their traditional state unemployment benefits.
As of Oct. 3rd, there were 3.3 million people claiming PEUC. Approximately half a million additional people started claiming the program in less than a week, as there were approximately 2.8 million people claiming it the week before.
There were 23.2 million people in the U.S. relying on some sort of unemployment assistance on Oct. 3rd. A year ago at that time, there were only 1.4 million people relying on some form of unemployment assistance.
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