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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 24, 2015
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BLS Data: Addition of 8,200 Private-Sector Jobs Ranks Wisconsin in Top 10 States for Monthly Job Growth, 2nd Highest in Midwest

State's gain in manufacturing jobs from June to July also ranks 5th highest out of 48 states

MADISON – Wisconsin's addition of 8,200 private-sector jobs from June to July 2015 ranked 10th highest in the nation and 2nd highest in the Midwest in number of private sector jobs added during the month, according to seasonally adjusted state-by-state data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The preliminary data also showed the state's one-month addition of 1,700 manufacturing jobs ranked 5th highest in the nation and 2nd highest in the Midwest.

"The federal government's preliminary numbers reaffirm Wisconsin's strong economic growth relative to other states," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Unemployment and employment changes are significantly better than the nation's, and we're seeing significant increases in total non-farm, private sector, and manufacturing jobs over the last month and year."

Highlights of the BLS release of July 2015 employment and unemployment estimates for states include:

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

The BLS' full state-by-state estimates for July 2015 are available online.

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