Overall unemployment rate moved down to 2.5% with the biggest shift in Education & Healthcare, which gained 100 roles, based on the most recently available information published in September 2022.

Total employment in the La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN market declined by 447 jobs in August and the unemployment rate decreased compared to the prior month by 10 bps to 2.5%. The national unemployment rate stayed flat over the same time period at 3.8%.

  • La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN unemployment rate is 129 bps below the national rate which is a positive sign.
  • Unemployment in the market is 30 bps below the unemployment rate in the market last year at this time, which is a positive.
  • Average wages (per hour) grew in August versus prior month by 3.9% and are down compared to last year at this time in the market.
Month over Month Unemployment Change
Year over Year Unemployment Change
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN Unemployment August 2022

For key employment segments of the market, total jobs declined by -0.3%. Key sectors include:

  • Education & Healthcare: 16,800; +100
  • Transportation & Utilities: 15,300; +100
  • Manufacturing: 9,000; +100
  • Government: 7,900; -100
  • Restaurants & Hotels: 7,700; -100
  • Business Services: 6,100; -100
  • Financial Services: 4,600; -100
  • Other Jobs: 4,400; no change
  • Construction, Mining: 3,100; no change
  • IT & Development: 700; -100
La Crosse-Onalaska, WI-MN Unemployment by Industry August 2022

Data is based on the most recent 12 months available, through August 2022 (Data published September 2022 and reports created on September 28, 2022).  Source: Government data agency and locally acquired statistics.

Note: All reported data is not seasonally adjusted.