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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Friday, April 15, 2016
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BLS Data: Wisconsin 1st in the Midwest and Tied at 5th in the Nation for Rate of Month-over-Month Private Sector Job Growth

MADISON – Wisconsin ranked number 1 in the Midwest and tied at fifth-highest in the nation for the rate of month-over-month private sector job growth in March 2016, with the statistically significant addition of 13,100 jobs over February 2016, according to new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. Additionally, the state's year-over-year private sector growth rate of 1.9% was second-highest in the Midwest.

The BLS data also showed Wisconsin had statistically significant increases in total non-farm jobs over the month of 11,500 and over the year of 51,200.

"Wisconsin's private sector job growth ranked highest in the Midwest and tied for fifth-highest in the nation in March," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen said. "Today's report by the federal government reaffirms that Wisconsin's economy is continuing to add private-sector jobs and create new opportunities for Wisconsin workers to support themselves and their families in 2016."

Highlights of today's BLS release of monthly employment and unemployment estimates for all states include:

Other indicators that help illustrate the state of Wisconsin’s economy include:

BLS full state-by-state estimates for March 2016