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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
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Thursday, June 7, 2018
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BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks 14th in Nation for Private Sector Average Weekly Wage Growth Since 2010

SConstruction wages up 50 percent since Dec. 2010, manufacturing up 15.4 percent over same period

MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen release the following statement on today's release of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wage QCEW) Data by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing Wisconsin ranked 14th in the nation for average private sector weekly wage growth since Governor Walker took office:

"Wisconsin's all-time low unemployment rate of 2.8 percent and robust business climate is providing an upward push on wages in family supporting sectors such as construction, manufacturing," Secretary Allen said. "From Dec. 2016 to Dec. 2017, total quarterly wages grew by 7.5 percent in Wisconsin's construction sector and 5.5 percent in Wisconsin's manufacturing sector, underscoring the family-supporting opportunities these core sectors of Wisconsin's economy provide. Wisconsin has added private sector jobs for seven straight years, and now workers are reaping the rewards of Wisconsin's open for business economy."

According to today's release:

Other key indicators of the strength of Wisconsin's economy include: