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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, 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

Jan. 18, 2024
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Total Nonfarm Jobs Hit Record High for Second Month

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) job totals for December, which showed Wisconsin's total nonfarm jobs hit a record high of 3,026,500 during the month. This total is 42,700 more jobs than a year ago and an increase of 4,800 over the previous month.

Preliminary employment estimates for December 2023 showed Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held steady at 3.3%. The labor force increased by 2,200 workers over the month, and employment also increased by 1,700 over the month. The state's total labor force participation rate remained at 65.9% while the national labor force participation rate fell to 62.5% in December.

"Wisconsin has broken its record for total nonfarm jobs for the second consecutive month, concluding a remarkable year of performance," said DWD Secretary Amy Pechacek. "Overall, Wisconsin's labor market economy remains strong as we head into 2024. To sustain the state's historical economic growth and to provide support to working families and employers, we must continue to invest in new talent attraction, retention, and training strategies."

Today's full report can be viewed on DWD's premier source for labor market information,

View Wisconsin Labor Force Summary


Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.