Department of Workforce Development
201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 19, 2014
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Actual Jobs Data: State Added Over 28,100 Private Sector Jobs in 2013
BLS data release also shows state ranked No. 2 in the Midwest and 15th highest nationally
in private-sector average weekly wage gains year over year
MADISON – Actual jobs data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Wisconsin created 28,141 private sector jobs during the 12-month period ending in December 2013. The report also shows Wisconsin ranked Number 2 in the Midwest and 15th highest in the country for average weekly wage growth (private sector jobs) during the quarter.
"Today's release confirms that Wisconsin's private sector continued to add thousands of jobs in 2013 and, when added to monthly estimates in 2014, we’ve added over 100,000 private sector jobs since December 2010, following the loss of almost 134,000 private-sector jobs according to actual jobs data covering the four preceding years," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Today Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, which means more opportunities for tens of thousands of Wisconsin workers and their families."
The 2011-13 calendar year private sector job gains were the best three-year consecutive gains under any single Governor since 2000. They outpaced the gains under the first three years of the previous Governor's term by over 27,200 jobs.
Highlights of today's BLS release of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) through the fourth quarter of 2013 include:
- Wisconsin ranked Number 2 in the Midwest and 15th highest in the country in average weekly wage growth (private sector jobs) for the fourth quarter of 2013 when compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Wisconsin ranked 13th highest in average weekly non-farm wage growth (total jobs).
- Wisconsin ranked 23rd highest in total number of jobs gained and 24th highest in total number of private sector jobs gained during the 12-month period ending in December 2013.
- Wisconsin ranked 22nd highest in number of manufacturing jobs gained from December 2012 through December 2013.
Other indicators that help illustrate the state of Wisconsin’s economy include:
- Wisconsin's unemployment rate declined to 5.7 percent in May from 5.8 percent in April.
- Department of Financial Institutions new business formation: up 4.2 percent through May compared to the same period in 2013.
- Initial weekly Unemployment Insurance (UI) claims for the first 23 weeks of 2014 dropped to the lowest point since 2000, and the annual average weekly UI claims are at a 13-year low.
- Personal income grew faster than the U.S. in 2013 and our per capita growth was 7th in the nation, ahead of Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio.
Today's BLS report of QCEW data is available online.