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
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.