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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

Sept. 15, 2022
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Wisconsin Job Gains Continue; August Unemployment Rate at 3.1%

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of August 2022.

For August, jobs increased 5,500 over the month and almost 50,000 over the year. Wisconsin's unemployment rate of 3.1% now stands at 0.6 percentage points below the national rate of 3.7%.

"Employers continued to add jobs for hard-working Wisconsinites over the month and over the year," said DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek. "At DWD, we will continue our efforts to remove employment barriers and connect workers with well-paying career opportunities through the historic Workforce Solutions Initiative and programs including Wisconsin Apprenticeship, Wisconsin Fast Forward, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and others."

Today's full report can be viewed on DWD's premier source for labor market information,

View Wisconsin Labor Force Summary


Wisconsin's Department of Workforce Development efficiently delivers effective and inclusive services to meet Wisconsin's diverse workforce needs now and for the future. The department advocates for and invests in the protection and economic advancement of all Wisconsin workers, employers and job seekers through six divisions – Employment and Training, Vocational Rehabilitation, Unemployment Insurance, Equal Rights, Worker's Compensation and Administrative Services. To keep up with DWD announcements and information, sign up for news releases and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.