Wisconsin's unemployment rate jumped to 14-point-one percent in April due to COVID-19 layoffs and business shutdowns.
The jobless rate was three-point-one percent in March just before the coronavirus pandemic. The Department of Workforce Development says the preliminary data show Wisconsin lost 439-thousand-400 non-farm and 385-thousand-900 private-sector jobs from March to April. D-W-D Secretary Caleb Frost said, "today’s report shows the significant impact that the COVID-19 global pandemic has had on the Wisconsin economy, and underscores the importance of rationally and safely re-opening our state." April was the first full month of Governor Evers' Safer at Home order.