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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

Jan. 19, 2023
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds 900 Nonfarm Jobs in December, Unemployment Rate Dips to 3.2%

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of December 2022, which showed Wisconsin added 900 nonfarm jobs over the month and 60,000 jobs over the year.

The data also showed that Wisconsin's unemployment rate dipped to 3.2% in December, down 0.1 percentage point from 3.3% in November. The labor force participation rate was 64.7%. Nationwide for the month of December, the unemployment rate was 3.5% with a labor force participation rate of 62.3%.

"Wisconsin's unemployment rate remains below the national rate and our labor force participation rate remains above the national rate while our economy continues to create jobs," said DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek. "Through, DWD offices throughout the state, and the efforts of our programs and partners, our workforce continues to gain in-demand skills while employers gain a competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining diverse talent."

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

View Wisconsin Labor Force Summary


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