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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

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Wisconsin Addition of 17,600 Manufacturing Jobs Over Year Ranks 2nd Nationally, 1st in Midwest

Wisconsin ranks in top 10 among states in numerous measurements in June

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 significant addition of 17,600 manufacturing jobs from June 2017 to June 2018 ranked 2nd nationally and 1st in the Midwest, while the addition of 2,600 manufacturing jobs from May 2018 to June 2018 also ranked 2nd nationally and 1st in the Midwest. The data released today also showed that Wisconsin's labor force participation rate of 68.9 percent ranked 5th nationally and 2nd in the Midwest, while the state's near-historic low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent ranked 7th lowest nationally and 2nd lowest among Midwestern states. This news follows yesterday's release that showed that for the first time in Wisconsin history, the state maintained an unemployment rate below 3 percent for 5 consecutive months.

"Under the leadership of Governor Walker, businesses across many industries are confident in the direction of the Wisconsin economy, they are adding jobs and Wisconsin workers are reaping the benefits," Secretary Allen said. "More than 3,000 people entered the labor force in Wisconsin from May to June, and it's easy to see why; workers are excited about the great career opportunities available, many of which are being created in Wisconsin's high-paying manufacturing industries."

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.