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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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Madison, WI 53707-7946
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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BLS Data: Wisconsin Ranks in Top 5 Nationally for Decline in Year-Over-Year Unemployment Rate

Wisconsin's also had the nation's fifth-highest labor force participation rate in December

MADISON – Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement on the state by state rankings released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that Wisconsin's unemployment rate decline to 3 percent in December 2017 from 4.1 percent in December 2016 ranked 5th nationally, and Wisconsin labor force participation rate for December 2017 also ranked 5th nationally:

"Wisconsin outperformed the vast majority of states in both its labor force participation rate and its 12-month decline in unemployment rate, which reached an historic low of 3 percent in December, tying the lowest state unemployment rate on record," Secretary Allen said. "While this is great news, we need to get more people working in Wisconsin, both those already here in our communities and those who we attract through our state's aggressive talent recruitment marketing strategies."

Highlights of today's release include:

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

View the BLS Data