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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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BLS September 2014 Employment Report: State's Rate of Private-Sector Job Growth Ranks 15th Best in Nation, Higher than Indiana, Michigan & Ohio

State's new post-Recession low unemployment rate of 5.5% in September ranked 17th in the country

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 addition of 8,400 private sector jobs from August to September ranked 15th highest in rate of growth, and the state's 5.5 percent unemployment rate was tied at 17th lowest in the country.

"With Wisconsin's unemployment rate reaching a new post-Recession low at 5.5 percent in September, today's report by the federal government also shows the rate was below Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio," Secretary Newson said. "Plus, the addition of 8,400 private sector jobs over the month placed Wisconsin 15th best in terms of rate of growth. Both state-by-state rankings provide additional indications that our job creation and worker training strategies have put Wisconsin's economy in a strong position."

Highlights of today's BLS report of state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates (seasonally adjusted), 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 September 2014 are available online.

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