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Tony Evers, Governor
Amy Pechacek, Secretary

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. 14, 2023
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Total Nonfarm Jobs Hit Record High for Second Month

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) job totals for the month of August 2023, which showed Wisconsin's total non-farm jobs reached another record high at 3,012,400. This is 32,800 more jobs than a year ago and an increase of 5,700 over the July 2023 nonfarm job total.

"In August, Wisconsin reached an historic high in total nonfarm jobs for the second straight month, continuing an economic winning streak that included a record-low monthly unemployment rate and number of unemployed individuals during 2023," DWD Secretary Amy Pechacek said. "While these numbers are incredibly positive, they call out the need to remove employment barriers such as a lack of quality, affordable child care. To maintain the state's historic economic momentum and support working families and employers, we need to continue investing in priorities such as child care, expanded paid family and medical leave, higher education, and targeted sectors such as health care and education."

Preliminary employment estimates for August 2023 showed Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 2.9%. The labor force grew by 8,800 and employment increased 300 over the month of August. The state's total labor force participation rate increased to 65.7%.

Nationwide for the month of August, the U.S. unemployment rate was 3.8%, 0.9 percentage points above Wisconsin's rate, and the national labor force participation rate of 62.8% was 2.9 percentage points below the state rate.

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.