DWD releases April unemployment data 

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) recently released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates of unemployment and employment statistics for Wisconsin metropolitan areas, major cities, and counties in Wisconsin for April 2023.

The non-seasonally adjusted data for Wisconsin shows: 

  • Preliminary unemployment rates decreased in all 12 Wisconsin metro areas over the month of April and over the year; 
  • Preliminary unemployment rates decreased or stayed the same in 28 of Wisconsin’s 35 largest cities over the month of April, and over the year, 34 Wisconsin cities had unemployment rates decrease or stay the same; 
  • Seven cities tied or had all-time low unemployment rates since data collection began, including Janesville at 2.4% and Sun Prairie at 1.6%; and 
  • Over-the-month unemployment rates declined or remained unchanged in 67 counties, with 60 counties reaching a new record low unemployment rate for April, and 19 reaching or tying their lowest rates on record.