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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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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BLS Report: Wisconsin Ranks 2nd in the Midwest for Private Sector Year-over-Year Growth

MADISON – Wisconsin ranks 2nd among Midwest states in rate of year-over-year private sector job growth from December 2013 to December 2014, 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 second in the Midwest and 14th in the nation and with 54,100 private sector jobs created.

"Wisconsin's economy continues to improve under the leadership of Governor Walker," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Newson said. "The latest available data shows Wisconsin led every neighboring state and ranked second in the Midwest in year-over-year rate of private sector job growth. At DWD we will continue to support and train Wisconsin's workforce to meet the needs of our expanding economy."

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 December 2014 are available online.

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