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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, Sept. 16, 2021
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722

BLS Data: Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Remains at 3.9 Percent; Labor Force Participation Rate Increases to 66.5 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 August 2021.The data for August shows that Wisconsin's unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent while the state's Labor Force Participation Rate increased to 66.5 percent, up from 66.4 percent in July.

"Wisconsin's unemployment rate held at 3.9 percent in August and our total labor force increased by 5,500 individuals showing that more people are confident and eager to get back to work," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "In order to keep Wisconsin's economy moving forward, we must get serious about combatting the Delta variant as COVID-19 continues to cause ripples in job markets due to many factors including supply chain issues, and consumer confidence in eating out or traveling, which directly affects the service providing sector."

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


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