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Tony Evers, Governor
Caleb Frostman, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, March 5, 2020
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Latest Quarterly Data Shows Private-Sector Wages Grew by 3.3 percent from Sept. 2018 to Sept. 2019

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today announced that the latest Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that Wisconsin's private-sector wages grew by 3.3 percent from September 2018 to September 2019. Notable increases include a 4.7 percent increase in wages for the construction sector, a 2.3 percent increase for the manufacturing sector, a 4.8 percent increase for the education and health services sector, and a 1 percent increase in the trade, transportation, and utilities sector.

"With Wisconsin's unemployment rate hovering near record lows, it is encouraging to see employees securing higher wages," DWD Secretary Caleb Frostman said. "Many of the economic policies advanced by the past administration were decidedly anti-worker, preventing Wisconsin's working families from experiencing the same level of wage growth and prosperity as their neighbors. Thankfully, the latest QCEW data shows that by prioritizing economic infrastructure investments over corporate welfare and attacks on working people, the Evers administration is building an economy that works for everyone."

The latest QCEW data also shows strong year-over-year growth in the number of people employed in construction (1,689), manufacturing (4,870), and education and health services (6,528), industries that provide family supporting employment.

The latest QCEW data can be accessed on the bls.gov webpage