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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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BLS Data: Wisconsin Posts 2nd Highest Number of Manufacturing Jobs Year-Over-Year, Leads Midwest in 12-Month Growth Rate

Preliminary data also shows Wisconsin has statistically significant year-over-year decline in unemployment rate, gain in employment

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement on the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showing that Wisconsin ranked second highest in the country in the number of manufacturing jobs added year over year, and led the Midwest in the 12-month growth rate in manufacturing jobs. Wisconsin's year over year unemployment rate drop and gain of more than 34,000 jobs since September 2016 were also statistically significant, according to BLS.

"Wisconsin's manufacturing sector continues to lead the way for Wisconsin's economy, with the number of manufacturing jobs added in Wisconsin ranking second nationally year over year and our state's growth rate leading other Midwest states," Secretary Allen said. "Additionally, Wisconsin's 12-month gain in total employment and decline in unemployment through September 2016 are other indicators that Wisconsin's economy is moving in a positive direction.

Highlights of today's release by BLS include:

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

Today's BLS release is available online.