These Are The 10 Cities In Wisconsin With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Wisconsin with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Wisconsin for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Badger State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Sussex(Jobs)
  2. Verona(Jobs)
  3. Muskego(Jobs)
  4. Franklin(Jobs)
  5. Grafton(Jobs)
  6. Pewaukee(Jobs)
  7. Allouez(Jobs)
  8. New Berlin(Jobs)
  9. Waunakee(Jobs)
  10. Hudson(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Sussex takes the cake as the place in Wisconsin with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Wisconsin that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Wisconsin job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Wisconsin With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Wisconsin’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 86 places in Wisconsin.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 86 with one being the “most employed city in Wisconsin”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Sussex

Sussex, Wisconsin

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Population: 10,632
Unemployment Rate: 1.9%
Sussex comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 1.9 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Verona

Verona, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,353
Unemployment Rate: 2.0%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Verona doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Muskego

Muskego, Wisconsin

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Population: 24,387
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Muskego, earning the bronze medal with a score of 2.9 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Franklin

Franklin, Wisconsin

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Population: 35,920
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Franklin. With a population of 35920 residents, Franklin is a solid place to move in Wisconsin if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Grafton

Grafton, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,539
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Grafton. Numbering around 11539 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 3.4%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Pewaukee

Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Population: 13,599
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
The city of Pewaukee is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Allouez

Allouez, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,948
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Allouez. With a unemployment rate of 3.5 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. New Berlin

New Berlin, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,712
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Coming in at #8, New Berlin has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Wisconsin’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. Waunakee

Waunakee, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,613
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of Waunakee, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Hudson

Hudson, Wisconsin

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,023
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Hudson, Wisconsin. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 86.

Hudson’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Wisconsin

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Wisconsin with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Beloit
  2. Milwaukee
  3. Racine

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Wisconsin

City Rank Unemployment
Sussex 1 1.9%
Verona 2 2.0%
Muskego 3 2.9%
Franklin 4 3.1%
Grafton 5 3.4%
Pewaukee 6 3.5%
Allouez 7 3.5%
New Berlin 8 3.5%
Waunakee 9 3.6%
Hudson 10 3.6%
Waupun 11 3.7%
Hartford 12 3.7%
Glendale 13 3.9%
Monroe 14 3.9%
Neenah 15 4.0%
River Falls 16 4.0%
Mequon 17 4.1%
Little Chute 18 4.1%
Wauwatosa 19 4.1%
Appleton 20 4.1%
Whitefish Bay 21 4.1%
Menomonee Falls 22 4.2%
Oconomowoc 23 4.3%
Shorewood 24 4.4%
Kaukauna 25 4.5%
Sun Prairie 26 4.5%
Brookfield 27 4.7%
Bellevue 28 4.9%
Germa 29 4.9%
West Bend 30 5.0%
Richfield 31 5.0%
Waukesha 32 5.1%
Oak Creek 33 5.2%
Onalaska 34 5.2%
Stoughton 35 5.2%
Platteville 36 5.3%
Middleton 37 5.3%
Madison 38 5.3%
Oshkosh 39 5.3%
Marshfield 40 5.6%
Menasha 41 5.6%
Weston 42 5.6%
Howard 43 5.7%
Port Washington 44 5.7%
Suamico 45 5.9%
De Pere 46 5.9%
Brown Deer 47 5.9%
Cedarburg 48 5.9%
Greenfield 49 6.0%
Beaver Dam 50 6.0%
Fitchburg 51 6.0%
La Crosse 52 6.2%
Portage 53 6.2%
Eau Claire 54 6.2%
Marinette 55 6.3%
Greendale 56 6.3%
Mount Pleasant 57 6.5%
Fort Atkinson 58 6.6%
West Allis 59 6.7%
Manitowoc 60 6.9%
Burlington 61 7.0%
Superior 62 7.1%
Ashwaubenon 63 7.1%
Plover 64 7.2%
Pleasant Prairie 65 7.2%
Green Bay 66 7.2%
Chippewa Falls 67 7.3%
Wisconsin Rapids 68 7.4%
Menomonie 69 7.4%
Caledonia 70 7.4%
Fond Du Lac 71 7.5%
Elkhorn 72 7.8%
Sheboygan 73 7.9%
Janesville 74 7.9%
Two Rivers 75 8.1%
Whitewater 76 8.2%
Watertown 77 8.2%
Wausau 78 8.3%
Stevens Point 79 8.8%
South Milwaukee 80 9.0%
Baraboo 81 9.1%
Cudahy 82 9.5%
Kenosha 83 10.6%
Racine 84 11.8%
Milwaukee 85 11.8%
Beloit 86 13.2%
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