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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946 Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784

Thursday, May 19, 2022
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Wisconsin's Unemployment Rate in April Ties Record Low 2.8%

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary, seasonally adjusted employment estimates for the month of April 2022. The data shows that Wisconsin's preliminary unemployment rate held steady to tie the record low of 2.8 percent from March, as job growth and labor force growth continued.

The labor force also expanded over the month while the number of people employed reached a new high. The state's gross domestic product reached a record high of $306.7 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021.

"Wisconsin's preliminary unemployment rate of 2.8% in April 2022 has tied the record from March and demonstrates the continued strength of the statewide recovery among industries ranging from construction and manufacturing to retail trade and food service," said DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek. "DWD is eager to help job seekers and employers connect through any one of the state's in-person job centers or through the website."

Today's full report can be viewed on DWD's premier source for labor market information,

View Wisconsin Labor Force Summary


Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.