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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

Friday, May 19, 2017
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BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks 5th in Nation in Rate of Manufacturing and Total Nonfarm Job Growth from March to April 2017

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 had the 5th highest rate of growth in total nonfarm and manufacturing jobs over the month:

"One day after announcing Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has fallen to 3.2 percent, the lowest since February 2000, we now learn that our pace of manufacturing and total job growth has outpaced the vast majority of states over the month," Secretary Allen said. "As employers continue to invest and create jobs in Wisconsin, we will continue to equip workers with the skills needed to fill available openings."

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

Other indicators of Wisconsin's economy include:

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