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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
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Friday, June 15, 2018
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BLS Data: WI Ranks 2nd Nationally in Manufacturing Jobs Added Over Year

Wisconsin's unemployment rate and labor force participation rate rank in top 5 nationally

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 addition of 15,100 manufacturing jobs from May 2017 to May 2018 ranked 2nd nationally and 1st in the Midwest, and Wisconsin's record-low unemployment rate of 2.8 percent was tied for the 5th lowest rate among states in May. The data also showed that Wisconsin's labor force participation rate of 68.9 percent ranked 5th highest nationally.

"Wisconsin's manufacturing sector continues to drive the Wisconsin comeback, with the addition of 15,100 jobs over the past year ranking 2nd nationally," DWD Secretary Allen said. "With an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent, Wisconsin needs the talent of all individuals to fill the increasing demand for skilled workers in this state, and DWD stands ready to assist all workers, no matter your current skill level, in getting on the path to rewarding, family-sustaining employment."

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