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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, April 20, 2018
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BLS Data: WI Ranks 4th Nationally in Private Sector Jobs Gained Over-the-Month, 1st in Manufacturing Jobs added in 2018

WI's labor force participation rate 5th highest in nation

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 addition of 8,900 private sector jobs in March ranked 4th nationally and 2nd in the Midwest. Additionally, the data shows that Wisconsin's labor force participation rate of 68.7 percent ranked 5th nationally, while Wisconsin's historically low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent was the 8th lowest nationally. Wisconsin also leads the nation in manufacturing jobs added in 2018 year-to-date.

"If you live and work in Wisconsin, there is a lot to be excited about when looking at the rankings data released by BLS today," DWD Secretary Allen said. "Wisconsin is a national leader in creating manufacturing, construction and overall private sector jobs, our historically low unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the nation and our labor force participation rate not only outpaces the national rate by a significant margin, but outpaces 45 other states. Under Governor Walker, we have a business climate that promotes private sector expansion and opportunity, and Wisconsin workers are benefitting. I encourage all job seekers to visit your local job center today. DWD staff stand ready to help get you on your path to a rewarding career in one of Wisconsin's many high-growth industry sectors."

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.