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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
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Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, September 21, 2015
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BLS Monthly Data: Wisconsin Ranks 8th in Nation for Rate of Private Sector Job Growth in August

Rate of Growth ranked ahead of neighboring states of Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan

MADISON – Wisconsin's rate of private sector job growth ranked 8th highest in the nation and 4th in the Midwest from July 2015 to August 2015, ahead of the neighboring states of Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan, according to Friday's release of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates for August 2015.

"Wisconsin's economy continued to gain ground as our state outpaced over 40 states in its rate of private sector job creation in August, according to the federal government's latest available data," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Wisconsin continues to fare better the nation in both the state's August unemployment rate of 4.5% and its labor force participation of 67.4 percent."

Highlights of Friday's BLS release of monthly 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 August 2015 are available online.

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