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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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BLS Data: Wisconsin 12th in the Nation for Average Weekly Wage Private-Sector Wage Growth

MADISON – Wisconsin has the nation's twelve-highest growth in average weekly private-sector wages from June 2015 to June 2016, according to today's release of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) state-by-state Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW) data covering the second quarter of 2016.

Other 12-month changes through June 2016 include:

Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen issued the following statement in response to the new data:

"Wisconsin continues to add thousands of private sector jobs year-over-year," Secretary Allen said. "Our economy is growing, and with a lower unemployment rate and higher labor force participation rate than the nation, we will continue helping anyone who wants a job, find a job.

Today's data also show that the jobs we are gaining are well-paying with the 12th best percentage average weekly wage growth for private sector wages in the nation, outpacing Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio."

BLS' full QCEW report