Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Friday, July 18, 2014
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DWD Secretary Statement on BLS' June 2014 State-by-State Employment Report

Wisconsin's 5.7% unemployment rate year-over-year decrease 'significant' and below US rate of 6.1%; state adds an estimated 33,800 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 change from 6.8 to 5.7 percent was "statistically significant." In addition, the data show Wisconsin's gain of 33,800 private sector jobs year over year was also significant and ranked 23rd highest nationally in number of jobs gained.

"Wisconsin's unemployment rate has continued to move in the right direction, reaching levels not seen since October 2008 and continuing to outpace the national rate," Secretary Newson said. "On a year-over-year basis, the monthly estimates indicate Wisconsin added 33,800 private sector jobs, posting the 23rd highest gain nationally. In addition, our state is ranked 5th nationally for the number of manufacturing jobs added and has been a consistent leader in adding these good-paying jobs."

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 June 2014 are available online.

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