Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary
Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
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Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen Issues Statement on New BLS Employment and Wage Report
MADISON –Today's release of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) state-by-state Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW) data covering the third quarter of 2016 reaffirm that quarterly wages by covered Wisconsin private-sector employers grew by 7 percent during the year ending in September 2016. Data also showed Wisconsin added 25,562 private-sector jobs from September 2015 to September 2016.
Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen issued the following statement in response to the new data:
"Today's data show that Wisconsin's economy continues to create thousands of high paying jobs year-over-year," Secretary Allen said. "With a 7 percent growth in private-sector quarterly wages and almost 25,600 private-sector jobs created between September 2015 and September 2016, Wisconsin's economy is benefiting from common-sense reforms and incentives to drive business growth and develop the workforce."
Other indicators of the state of Wisconsin's economy include:
- Initial UI claims ended 2016 at their lowest level since 1988. Continuing unemployment claims ended 2016 at their lowest level since 1973.
- More people were employed last year in Wisconsin than at any point in our state's history.
- After adjusting for inflation, total private sector wages in 2015 grew 5.1%, the best growth since 2001.
- After adjusting for inflation, average weekly wages in 2015 increased 3.6%, the best growth since 2001.
The BLS' full QCEW report is available online.