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, September 19, 2014
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BLS August 2014 Employment Report: Wisconsin Outperforms Four Midwest States in Rate of Private-Sector Job Growth Year over Year

Addition of 29,600 private-sector jobs ranks Wisconsin higher than three neighboring Midwest states and Ohio

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 shows Wisconsin's 12-month gain in private sector jobs through August outpaced the rate of growth in Iowa, Illinois, Michigan and Ohio:

"For the second day in a row, the federal government published state-by-state data showing good news for Wisconsin's private-sector job gains relative to neighboring Midwest states," Secretary Newson said. "Today's release shows Wisconsin's private-sector job growth rate outperformed neighboring Iowa, Illinois and Michigan, as well as Ohio, during the 12-month period ending in August. Looking forward, we will remain committed to advancing strategies that help the private sector create even more opportunities for Wisconsin's working families."

Yesterday, the BLS published the latest available Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW), an actual count of job growth, showing Wisconsin outpaced the neighboring Midwest states of Illinois and Minnesota in the rate of private sector jobs gained from March 2013 to March 2014.

Other of today's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report of state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates, which are each based on monthly surveys, include:

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

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

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