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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

Friday, May 18, 2018
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BLS Data: Wisconsin's Record-Low Unemployment Rate of 2.8% Ranks 5th Nationally, Ties for 1st in Midwest

April state-by-state data shows Wisconsin's 12-month job gain in manufacturing ranks 2nd nationally, 1st in Midwest

MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement on today's release by the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (USDOL/BLS) showing that Wisconsin's record-low unemployment rate of 2.8 percent in April was the 5th lowest rate among all states, and tied with Iowa for the lowest rate among Midwestern states. Additionally, Wisconsin's labor force participation rate of 68.9 percent ranked 5th highest nationally, and the state's year-over-year addition of 13,700 manufacturing jobs ranked 2nd nationally.

"Wisconsin's robust manufacturing industry is growing, we have more people employed today than ever before and the number of unemployed Wisconsinites is approaching record lows as our unemployment rate is among the lowest in the country," Secretary Allen said. "At the DWD, we will continue to work in collaboration with state and local partners on strategies to retain and attract more talent to Wisconsin by showcasing the tremendous opportunities that our state offers for career and personal fulfilment."

Highlights of today's state-by-state rankings by BLS 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.