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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, April 21, 2015
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BLS Data: Wisconsin's 12-Month Unemployment Rate Decline from 5.6% to 4.6% is Considered 'Significant' in March 2015 State-By-State Report

State's year-over-year private sector growth rate of 2% ranked third in the Midwest

MADISON – The year-over-year decline in Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate to 4.6 percent is statistically significant and the state's year-over-year private sector growth rate of 2 percent ranked third in the Midwest, according to today's release of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates for March 2015.

Other statistically significant data points include the difference between the state's 4.6% unemployment rate as compared to the national rate of 5.5%, and the state's total employment rose by a significant 53,200 over the year. In addition, the state's creation of 8,600 manufacturing jobs over the year ranked 5th highest in the country.

"Even with tens of thousands of private sector jobs added year over year and a statistically significant drop in our unemployment rate, we must stay focused on efforts to ensure everyone who wants a job can find one," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Our private sector job totals have surpassed pre-Recession levels, providing another indication that our economy is headed in the right direction."

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 March 2015 are available online.

* Updated 5/15

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