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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

March 21, 2024
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds Jobs, Statewide Unemployment Rate Dips to 3.0%

MADISON – The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary job totals for February 2024, which showed year over year gains in the labor force, employment, and jobs. The data also showed that the unemployment rate, at 3.0% in February, ticked down 0.2 percentage points over the month.

Nationwide for the month of February, the U.S. unemployment rate was 3.9%, 0.9 percentage points higher than Wisconsin's rate. The national labor force participation rate of 62.5% was 3.2 percentage points below the state rate of 65.7%.

The data included in today's release can be accessed at

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 Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.