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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Friday, December 19, 2014
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Wisconsin Ranks 1st in the Midwest for Private Sector Growth Rate in November

State's gain of 16,500 private-sector jobs ranks 5th in the nation for number of jobs added

MADISON – Wisconsin ranks first among Midwest states in rate of job growth for the month of November, according to today's release of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates. When looking at number of jobs added, Wisconsin ranked 5th in the nation and second in the Midwest with 16,500 jobs created. The series also indicates the state has fully recovered all private-sector jobs lost during the deep, national recession.

"Wisconsin's private sector is moving Wisconsin's economy forward as we put the hard times of the Great Recession further behind us," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Newson said. "Last month we led the Midwest in the rate of private sector job growth, and we were second highest in the Midwest in the rate of year-over-year private sector job growth. It comes as no surprise that Forbes magazine recently ranked Wisconsin as best in the Midwest for future economic growth."

Highlights of today's BLS release of monthly employment and unemployment estimates for all states 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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