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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Federal Jobs Data: WI is 11th Highest in Number of Manufacturing Jobs Added, 22nd Highest in Private-Sector Jobs Gained During Year Ending in June 2014

MADISON – Actual jobs data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Wisconsin's addition of over 5,300- manufacturing jobs ranked 11th highest in number during the 12-month period ending in June 2014. The state's addition of 35,021 private sector jobs during this time ranked 22nd highest numerically.

"The latest quarterly count shows we added tens of thousands of private-sector jobs during the year ending in June 2014, creating more opportunities for Wisconsin's working families," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "In the meantime, the latest monthly estimates available show that on a preliminary basis, Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped 5.2 percent – while the national rate was unchanged at 5.8 percent – and we recovered all private-sector jobs that Wisconsin lost during the Great Recession. These are all indications that Wisconsin's economy is growing and adding jobs."

Highlights of today's BLS release of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) through the second 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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