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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary-designee

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

Thursday, March 24, 2022
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Wisconsin's Unemployment Rate in February Drops to 2.9 percent; Wisconsin Adds 20,700 Private Sector Jobs

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of February 2022. The data shows that Wisconsin unemployment rate declined to 2.9 percent in February, down from 3.0 percent in January. The data also showed that Wisconsin added 20,700 private sector jobs from January 2022 to February 2022.

"Wisconsin's preliminary February unemployment rate ticked lower to tie for the record low of 2.9 percent, and the state demonstrated strong month-over-month job growth by adding 20,700 private-sector jobs and 18,600 total nonfarm jobs," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "These numbers show that Wisconsin's economy is growing as it continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but with global unrest threatening markets, job number fluctuations could be more common in the coming months as companies navigate changing supply lines and continued economic uncertainties."

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