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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

June 21, 2023
CONTACT: DWD Communications

May Local Employment and Unemployment Data Released

Thirty-nine counties, 15 major cities and six metro areas report historically low May unemployment rates

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

In brief, the nonseasonally adjusted data for Wisconsin shows:

"Unemployment rates surpassed or tied record lows for the month of May in more than half of Wisconsin's counties and in half of the state's metro areas," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "This speaks to the competitiveness of Wisconsin's labor market, and it reaffirms the importance of our state's historic investments in efforts to develop the workforce and connect workers to family-supporting jobs."

The data included in today's release can be accessed at

View Wisconsin Labor Force Summary


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