The unemployment rate for Wisconsin’s workers is 6.2% and is up from 6.1% in March 2018, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The unemployment number is a measure of the number of people who have given up looking for work and are not actively looking for new jobs.
The unemployment rate fell to 5.3% in February, down from 6% in January, according the BLS.
The state also reported a rise in the number and quality of job applications in February.
The Wisconsin labor market has improved since the Great Recession.
In May, the number fell to a record low of 9.1 million, and it has remained flat in each of the past three months.
Wisconsin’s economy grew by 2.7% in the second quarter of 2018, a pace the state hopes will remain steady through the rest of 2019.
In the first quarter of 2019, the economy expanded by 1.4% for the second straight quarter, according, BLS data.
“The labor market is improving, but we’re not there yet,” said Mark Reuss, president and chief operating officer at BLS in a statement.
“Our economy is on track to grow 2.5% in 2019, but more importantly, we’re still on track for a return to growth.”
Wisconsin has a jobless rate of 7.1%, up from 7.0% in November and the lowest in the nation.
Reuss said that jobless rates were influenced by factors such as whether people are looking for a job and whether they are actively looking.
BLS said Wisconsin is on pace for the highest jobless unemployment rate in the country for the first time since March 2019.
It is currently at a 10.4-year low of 7%.
While the unemployment rate is lower than many other states, it is still below the national average of 14.1%.
The Wisconsin economy is expected to grow by 2% in 2018 and 3.7%, according to BLS, and the state will also report its full-year economic growth in 2019.