Report: State adds nearly 24,000 private-sector jobs through June

Associated Press and Freeman Staff

Nov. 22, 2013

MADISON - Wisconsin added nearly 24,000 private sector jobs in the 12 months between June 2012 and June 2013.

The Wisconsin Development of Workforce Development reported Thursday the state gained 23,968 private sector jobs over that period. The numbers have been submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which will release the verified totals for all 50 states on Dec. 18.

Over the first two years of Gov. Scott Walkerís term, through December 2012, the state gained 63,000 private sector jobs. That is about a quarter of the way toward fulfilling Walkerís signature 2010 campaign promise to add 250,000 jobs over four years.  

From June 2012 to June 2013, the biggest gains were in construction and trade, transportation and utilities at 5,274 and 7,144 jobs, respectively.

Professional and business services grew by 6,462 jobs.

On the flipside, the agency reported the state lost 119 construction jobs in the 12-month period, and financial employers lost 1,024 jobs.

The report came from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which is regarded as having the most accurate count of jobs data available.

Data released Thursday also shows Wisconsinís unemployment rate was 6.5 percent in October, compared with 7.3 percent nationally. That is down slightly from 6.6 percent in September, and is the stateís lowest seasonally adjusted rate since December 2008, the DWD said.

It reported the seasonally adjusted private-sector job growth from September to October was 12,400. The growth from October 2012 to October 2013 was 41,700, the best since 2004, the agency added.