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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, August 19, 2015
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Wisconsin Adds Almost 40,000 Private-Sector Jobs During Year Ending in March 2015

New quarterly data also show private sector wages grew by 4.5% compared to the first quarter of 2014

MADISON – New quarterly census job count data shows Wisconsin gained almost 40,000 private-sector jobs from March 2014 to March 2015, including almost 6,300 jobs in manufacturing. In addition, quarterly wages by covered private-sector employers grew by 4.5 percent over the same quarter in 2014.

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the state's Quarterly Census of Employment & Wages (QCEW) covering the first quarter of 2015. The data is based on actual job reports from over 135,000 Wisconsin employers. Highlights from the actual job counts, when compared to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) published data for 2014, include:

Other indicators that help illustrate the state of Wisconsin’s economy include:

"The private sector is creating employment opportunities for tens of thousands of working families across our state year after year," DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said. "We are working aggressively with employers, economic development entities, technical colleges and other partners to advance innovative programs that ensure workers are prepared for these new opportunities as the state's economy grows and adds more jobs."

Every quarter, all employers covered under state or federal unemployment insurance are required to submit tax reports on monthly employment, quarterly total and taxable wages, and contributions for hourly and salaried employees. Wisconsin has nearly 170,000 business establishments employing some 2.7 million workers that are required by state and federal statutes to submit this information to DWD. DWD sends the data to the BLS, which incorporates the information when it publishes the QCEW.

Wisconsin has received the BLS's sign-off on state data covering the first quarter of 2015 and will post the first-quarter data on its WORKnet site in the coming days. The BLS will incorporate the data in its next QCEW release scheduled for September 17, 2015. Information about the QCEW, including data for the 2014 quarters and 2015 first quarter, can be accessed through the BLS website at http://bls.gov/cew/.

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