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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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
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DWD Secretary Newson Issues Statement on BLS' Quarterly Jobs Report

MADISON – Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson issued the following statement following today's release of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data showing Wisconsin added almost 35,800 private sector jobs during the 12-month period ending in December 2014:

"The federal government's release today showing Wisconsin's private sector created almost 35,800 jobs from December 2013 to December 2014 demonstrates consistency in Wisconsin's growth rate relative to other states, was the best year of December-to-December private sector job creation since 2004 and is great news for the tens of thousands of additional workers who today are providing for themselves and their families. As Wisconsin will have almost a million jobs to fill through 2022 and employers are expressing time and again that a lack of skilled labor is holding them back from expanding, we must stay focused on developing Wisconsin's talent today and in the years to come. To this end, Wisconsin's talent development strategies have garnered the attention of other states who are seeking innovative ways to fill their skills requirements."

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