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

Thursday, August 28, 2014
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State Adds Over 28,000 Private-Sector Jobs During Year Ending in March 2014

Private sector wages for the quarter grow by 4.2 percent compared to the first quarter of 2013

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson today released the latest available Wisconsin actual jobs data based on reports from nearly 160,000 Wisconsin employers. The data covering the first quarter of 2014 show Wisconsin added 28,653 private-sector jobs during the 12-month period ending in March 2014, and private-sector wages increased by 4.2% during the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same quarter in 2013.

Highlights from the latest job counts, when compared to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) published data for 2013, include:

DWD Secretary Reggie Newson issued the following statement on the latest quarterly data: "After losing 133,000 private sector jobs during the four years before Governor Walker took office, the latest 12-month actual jobs data available shows Wisconsin's economy is continuing to grow and add jobs for Wisconsin's working families," Secretary Newson said. "We will continue to do everything we can to develop our state's workforce and ensure that every Wisconsin worker who wants a job can find a job."

Every quarter, all employers covered under state or federal unemployment insurance are required to submit tax reports on monthly employment, quarterly total and taxable wages, and contributions for hourly and salaried employees. Wisconsin has nearly 160,000 business establishments employing some 2.8 million workers that are required by state and federal statutes to submit this information to DWD. DWD sends the data to the BLS, which incorporates the information when it publishes the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).

Wisconsin submitted its data to BLS covering the first quarter of 2014 earlier this month and the BLS gave signoff late last week. The BLS will incorporate the data in its next QCEW release scheduled for September 18. Information about the QCEW, including data for all four quarters of 2013, can be accessed through the BLS website at The first quarter data will be published on DWD's WORKnet site in the days ahead.

The QCEW is a comprehensive count of jobs, as it includes reports from nearly all Wisconsin employers. This data series is distinct from the Current Employment Survey (CES), which estimates jobs based on response to a survey of roughly 5,500 employers (3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses) and is released in preliminary form each month.

The QCEW also differs from the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), which is compiled from both a monthly survey conducted by the Census Bureau of 1,450 households around the state and Unemployment Insurance continued claims, and forms the basis of the state’s unemployment rate.

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

Click here to view the employment and total wages table

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