Department of Workforce Development
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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Federal Jobs Data: Wisconsin's Rate of Private Sector Job Growth Outpaces Illinois, Minnesota in Year Ending March 2014

State 22nd highest in number of private-sector jobs gained, 16th highest in number of manufacturing jobs added

MADISON – Actual jobs data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Wisconsin outpaced two Midwest neighboring states - Illinois and Minnesota – in the rate of private sector jobs gained from March 2013 to March 2014. Wisconsin's private sector added 28,712 jobs during this period.

"Our ongoing efforts to grow Wisconsin’s economy and develop the workforce helped the private sector create jobs at a faster rate than two of our Midwest neighbors – Minnesota and Illinois – during the 12-month period ending in March 2014," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "The addition of over 28,700 private sector jobs during this time means more opportunities for Wisconsin's workforce and is in line with many other indicators showing our state's economy continues to grow and add jobs."

Highlights of today's BLS release of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) through the first quarter of 2014 include:

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

Today's BLS report of QCEW data is available online.

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