Wisconsin unemployment rate rises to 14.1 percent

Posted at 1:27 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 14:27:18-04

The unemployment rate in Wisconsin for the month of April has risen to 14.1 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Badger State lost 439,400 non-farm and 385,900 private-sector jobs from March 2020 to April 2020. That represents a 3.1 percent increase in total unemployment for the state.

"Today's report shows the significant impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic has had on the Wisconsin economy, and underscores the importance of rationally and safely reopening our state," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "A strategy based on science that reduces the likelihood of additional outbreaks and further economic instability is the only way to get Wisconsin back on the path of historically low unemployment rates that the state was experiencing prior to COVID-19."

These unemployment numbers do not reflect any changes that may have occurred after the state Supreme Court struck down the Safer at Home order which allowed businesses in certain municipalities to open their doors to the public again.

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