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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

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BLS Data: Quarterly Jobs Report Reinforces Strong Wisconsin Economy as Total Wages Grow Across All Industry Sectors

Data shows WI ranks 10th in the nation for number of manufacturing jobs added year over year

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement on the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) release of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wage data for the first quarter of 2018. The data showed strong total wage growth across all industry sectors, that Wisconsin ranks in the top half of states in the number of private sector jobs added from March 2017 to March 2018, 8th in construction employment growth nationally and 12th nationally in percent growth of private sector average weekly wage year over year.

"With an economy at near-full employment, Wisconsin continues to add jobs and is experiencing wage growth across all industry sectors in terms of total wages," Secretary Allen said. "Our family supporting industry sectors such as construction and manufacturing continue to perform well compared to other states, and with mega-projects on the horizon, these industries are poised to grow and continue to provide additional employment opportunities to individuals across the state. The most recent quarterly job report shows a strong Wisconsin economy, having added private sector jobs for the 29th straight quarter year over year under Governor Walker."

Other highlights of the BLS release include:

Additionally, the most recent monthly (July 2018) state by state rankings showed Wisconsin ranked in the top 10 among states in numerous measurements:

Other indicators of the state of Wisconsin's economy include:

Data can be accessed on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website.