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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Friday, August 17, 2018
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BLS Data: Wisconsin's Addition of 21,300 Manufacturing Jobs from July 2017 to July 2018 ranks 2nd Nationally, 1st in the Midwest

Wisconsin addition of 9,100 private-sector jobs In July ranks 8th 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 (BLS) showing that Wisconsin's addition of 21,300 manufacturing jobs from July 2017 through July 2018 ranked 2nd nationally, trailing only Texas's gain of 21,400 manufacturing jobs, and 1st in the Midwest. Today's release also showed that Wisconsin's addition of 9,100 private sector jobs in July ranked 8th nationally. Wisconsin's unemployment rate of 2.9 percent tied for 7th lowest nationally, while Wisconsin's labor force participation rate of 68.9 percent tied for 5th highest nationally.

"Today's state-by-state rankings release by BLS reinforces the historically great times Wisconsin's economy has been experiencing. These accomplishments shouldn’t be taken for granted," Secretary Allen said. "Employers are adding jobs at historic rates because they are emboldened by their confidence in the direction of the state's economy, and workers are gaining employment and reaping the rewards of an economy of which Wisconsin has never seen."

Highlights of today's state-by-state rankings release by BLS include numerous measures where Wisconsin ranked in the top 10 among states:

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.