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

Wednesday, June 20, 2014
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DWD Secretary Statement on BLS' May 2014 State-by-State Employment Report

Wisconsin's 5.7% unemployment rate year-over-year decrease 'significant' and below US rate of
6.3%; state adds an estimated 38,100 private sector jobs over 12 months

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 report noted Wisconsin’s year-over-year unemployment rate drop to 5.7 percent rate was “statistically significant." In addition, the data show Wisconsin's gain of 38,100 private sector jobs year over year was also significant and ranked 18th highest nationally in number of jobs gained.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped for 10 straight months and, at 5.7 percent, is at its lowest point since October 2008 in addition to being below the national rate," Secretary Newson said. "In addition, the monthly estimates indicate our state added 38,100 private sector jobs year over year, posting the 18th highest gain nationally in number of private sector jobs added. Over the past year, our state's economy has grown and created thousands of new jobs for working families, providing additional indicators that we are headed in the right direction."

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

Other indicators that help illustrate the state of Wisconsin’s economy include:

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

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