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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
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BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks 1st in Midwest and 14th in Nation in Manufacturing Growth Rate Year-over-Year

Rate of manufacturing job growth over the month also ranks 1st in the Midwest and 11th in the nation

MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement following today's U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release showing Wisconsin outpaced all other Midwest states in rate of growth for manufacturing jobs over the year ending in December 2016, finishing the year with the 14th best year-over-year manufacturing growth rate in the nation:

"With Wisconsin's unemployment at its lowest point in 15 years and significant year-over-year job growth, Wisconsin's economy continues to trend in the right direction under Governor Walker's leadership," Secretary Allen said. "Today's rankings show that Wisconsin leads the Midwest in manufacturing jobs created over the year, which further demonstrates that Wisconsin's strategy of investing in skills-development programs like Wisconsin Fast Forward and Youth Apprenticeship are paying dividends for the taxpayers of our great state."

Highlights of today's BLS release of state-by-state employment and unemployment data for December 2016 include:

Other indicators of Wisconsin's strong economy include:

BLS 'Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary' report