Federal data shows job growth in Wisconsin
MADISON -- The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) reports the state added 28,712 private sector jobs between March 2013 and March 2014. The state partner says data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Wisconsin outpaced Illinois and Minnesota.
In a release from the DWD, federal data says Wisconsin is ranked 20th in total number of jobs gained and 22nd in number of private sector jobs gained. The DWD also says Wisconsin ranks 16th in manufacturing job creation for the 12-month period of March 2013-2014.
DWD Secretary Reggie Newson says, \"The addition of over 28,700 private sector jobs during this time means more opportunities for Wisconsin's workforce and is in line with many other indicators showing out state's economy continues to grow and add jobs.\"
Democratic Assembly Leader Peter Barca released a statement saying Wisconsin is last in the Midwest for private sector job growth over the past three years. \"In the business world, results are what matter and clearly Wisconsin is not getting the results we deserve,\" says Rep. Barca.
The DWD reports the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6% in August 2014, it's lowest point since 2008. The agency also says unemployment insurance claims have dropped to the lowest point since 2000.