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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

Oct. 21, 2021
CONTACT: DWD Communications

BLS Data: Wisconsin's Unemployment Rate Remains 3.9 percent in September; Labor Force Participation Rate Increases

MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of September 2021. The data shows that Wisconsin's total non-farm jobs remained the same compared to August 2021 while Wisconsin's private-sector jobs decreased by 100 in the month of September. Wisconsin's unemployment rate in September was 3.9 percent, equaling August's rate of 3.9 percent.

"Although jobs remained relatively flat over the month, Wisconsin did see an increase in our labor force participation rate and employment grew by 5,600 over the month," DWD Secretary-designee Amy Pechacek said. "Our total labor force also increased by 4,400 over the month, and the number of people counted as unemployed declined by 1,200. Wisconsinites are eager to get back to work, and the best thing for everyone to do to ensure our economy remains open and growing is getting vaccinated and abiding by local health department mandates."

View Wisconsin Labor Force Summary

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


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