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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
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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BLS Data: Wisconsin Sees 'Significant' 12-Month Decline in Unemployment Rate, Year-Over-Year Increase in Total Non-farm Jobs

Wisconsin's year-over-year unemployment rate decrease of 1.1 percent ranks 8th nationally

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement regarding the latest data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that Wisconsin's 1.1 percent unemployment rate decrease year over year was statistically significant, as was its 12-month total non-farm job growth of 38,400:

"Today's data indicates that Governor Walker's efforts to connect workers to employment and provide businesses with an economic climate conducive to continued growth are working," Secretary Allen said. "At DWD, we will continue our efforts to connect jobs seekers to not only jobs, but family supporting careers."

Wisconsin added 7,900 manufacturing jobs year over year, ranking 4th highest nationally in the number of manufacturing jobs added. Additionally, the data showed that Wisconsin's year-over-year decline in unemployment rate ranked 8th nationally, and the state's unemployment rate of 3.1 percent is significantly lower than the national rate of 4.4 percent.

Additional indicators of Wisconsin's economy include:

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