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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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:

The BLS' full QCEW report is available online.