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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Monday, March 12, 2018
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BLS Data: Wisconsin a Top-Ten State in Rate of Job Gains in January

Preliminary data also show Wisconsin's had the nation's fifth-highest labor force participation rate in January

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement on the state-by-state rankings released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that Wisconsin's preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.1 percent, down from a benchmarked 3.2 percent in December and tied for the 4th nationally in over-the-month change:

"Today's release shows Wisconsin is off to a strong start in 2018, with an unemployment rate that declined faster than the vast majority of other states and monthly job gains that ranked in the top 10 of all states," Secretary Allen said. "We encourage job seekers and employers to register on JobCenterofWisconsin.com today and take advantage of the many good-paying opportunities that are available."

Highlights of today's state-by-state rankings include:

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

The data included in today's release can be accessed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website