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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Monday, March 12, 2018
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BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds 8,000 Private Sector Jobs, 2,000 Manufacturing Jobs Over the Month

Latest monthly data also shows an addition of 9,200 total non-farm jobs

MADISON – Today, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revisions for December 2017 and preliminary estimates for January 2018 covering the employment and job statistics for the state of Wisconsin. The data shows that Wisconsin added 9,200 total non-farm jobs and 8,000 private sector jobs, with 2,000 jobs being added in the manufacturing sector, over the month. Wisconsin's unemployment rate in January was 3.1 percent, a .1 percent decrease from December's revised rate of 3.2 percent.

In brief, the seasonally adjusted estimates also show:

BLS also recently published "benchmarked" estimates for the monthly employment and unemployment data sets covering 2017 and prior years. The benchmarked data shows that Wisconsin added a total of 233,300 private sector jobs from December 2010 through January 2018. The benchmarking process is designed to bring the sample-based series into closer alignment with the actual job counts from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).

Secretary Allen issued the following statement about today's report:

"Wisconsin workers are benefitting from a strong labor market, demonstrated by our record low unemployment rate for the month of January, and a new all-time high for number of individuals employed in the state of Wisconsin," Secretary Allen said. "Additionally, the latest monthly jobs data shows strong private sector job growth with the state adding 8,000 private sector jobs over the month, buoyed by family supporting industries like manufacturing and construction."

The BLS uses three data sets to measure employment and unemployment:

Other indicators of the state of Wisconsin's economy include:

The data included in today's release can be accessed online

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