Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Friday, May 16, 2014
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DWD Secretary Statement on BLS Rankings for April 2014 Ranking WI 10th Best in Total Jobs Created, 4th Highest in the US for Manufacturing Jobs Created, and 16th for Private Sector Jobs Created Year-Over-Year

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today released the following statement on the latest U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) monthly rankings of employment and unemployment estimates. The estimates noted Wisconsin’s year-over-year unemployment rate drop to 5.8 percent rate was "statistically significant," and the state’s gain of 44,000 private sector jobs year over year ranked 16th highest in the country.

"The latest federal numbers show Wisconsin posted the 16th highest gain nationally in private-sector jobs year over year, which reinforces that our state’s economy is growing and creating new opportunities for parents, neighbors and others to support themselves and their families," Secretary Newson said. "And, with the state’s unemployment rate dropping for nine consecutive months to 5.8% in April, we now know the year-over-year change is ‘statistically significant.’ While we are pleased with the latest numbers, we also know there’s more work to be done to equip workers with the skills needed to fill these new openings."

Highlights of today's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report of state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates include:

The rankings follow Thursday’s release of actual jobs data covering the fourth quarter of 2013. The data, submitted to the BLS, when combined with 2014 estimates through April 2014, show Wisconsin created over 101,000 private sector jobs since December 2010. This follows the loss of about 133,000 private sector jobs in the four years before the Governor took office.

Highlights of the actual jobs data include:

The BLS' full state-by-state estimates for April 2014 are available online.

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