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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
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Friday, March 27, 2015
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BLS Data: Wisconsin's 12-Month Unemployment Rate Decline from 5.8% to 4.8% is Considered 'Significant' in February 2015 State-By-State Report

State's one-month gain of total nonfarm jobs ranked sixth highest in the country in growth rate

MADISON – The year-over-year decline in Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 4.8 percent is statistically significant, and the state's gain of 14,900 total non-farm jobs over the month ranked sixth highest in the country in rate of growth, according to today's release of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates for February 2015.

Other statistically significant data points include the difference between the state's 4.8% unemployment rate as compared to the national rate of 5.5%, and the state's creation of 59,900 total jobs over the year. In addition, the state's addition of 11,600 manufacturing jobs over the year ranked 11th highest in the country in growth rate.

"Today's report provides one more indication that Wisconsin is making significant gains in job creation and employment growth," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Employment in Wisconsin has reached an all-time high, unemployment is at its lowest point since July 2008, and we continue to add thousands of family-sustaining jobs month after month."

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 February 2015 are available online.

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