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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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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Friday, May 26, 2017
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BLS Data: Madison MSA Unemployment Rate Ranked 9th Best in Nation in March

Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA's year-over-year unemployment rate change ranked 7th in the nation for large metropolitan areas

MADISON –According to data released from the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Madison Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had the 9th lowest unemployment rate in the country at 2.6 percent in March. Data also showed that in March, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis MSA had the 9th lowest unemployment rate and 7th best year-over-year unemployment rate change (-1.0 percent) in the nation for large metropolitan areas with a population of 1 million or more.

"These top-ten rankings for Wisconsin's two largest metro areas prove that Wisconsin is continuing on a path of economic growth under Governor Scott Walker," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen said. "With a statewide unemployment rate at its lowest point since February 2000 and many counties and cities experiencing the lowest unemployment rates on record for the month of April, Wisconsin is primed to see continued job growth and economic prosperity."

Yesterday, DWD released estimates of unemployment and employment statistics for metro areas, major cities, and counties in Wisconsin. Highlights of the MSA data included:

Other indicators of the state of Wisconsin's economy include: