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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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Friday, April 21, 2017
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BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks 15th in Nation in Manufacturing Growth Rate Year-Over-Year, Outpacing All Neighboring States

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 neighboring states in rate of growth for manufacturing jobs over the year ending in March 2017, finishing the year with the 15th best manufacturing growth rate in the nation.

"Wisconsin's economy continues to grow under Governor Scott Walker," Secretary Ray Allen said. "Today's rankings show Wisconsin continuing to be one of the nation's leaders in the manufacturing industry, outpacing all neighboring states and coming in at 15th in the nation for year-over-year growth rate. On top of this, Wisconsin's 3.4 percent unemployment rate is its lowest since April 2000 as we are experiencing the highest total labor force and employment numbers in our state's history."

Highlights of Friday's BLS release of state-by-state employment and unemployment data for March 2017 include:

Other indicators of Wisconsin's strong economy include:

Friday's BLS 'Regional and State Employment and Unemployment Summary' report