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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
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Thursday, June 17, 2021
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722

BLS Data: Wisconsin Adds 3,600 Total Non-Farm Jobs, 3,400 Private Sector Jobs in May; Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.9 Percent

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of May 2021. The data shows that Wisconsin added 3,600 total non-farm and 3,400 private-sector jobs in the month of May. Wisconsin's unemployment rate in May was 3.9 percent, equaling April's rate of 3.9 percent.

"The number of people counted as employed grew by 9,300 individuals over the month, a nice gain that demonstrates that the efforts to connect job seekers to jobs in Wisconsin are working," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "With that being said, the structural issues preventing individuals from getting into well-paying jobs that have existed not only in Wisconsin but the nation as a whole–lack of childcare and transportation barriers for example–need to be addressed if our state is going to meet the demand for workers that we have faced for decades. DWD stands ready to assist any worker who wants help finding a job, and our regional business service teams look forward to meeting with local employers to help them find good candidates to fill their open positions."

View Wisconsin Labor Force Summary

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