Wisconsin’s unemployment remains unchanged at 5.2% in December

Special to The Freeman

Jan. 22, 2015

MADISON — Unemployment in Wisconsin remained at 5.2 percent in December, the same percentage reported for November.

According to preliminary figures released by the Department of Workforce Development from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Thursday, the 5.2 percent rate of seasonally adjusted unemployment is Wisconsin’s lowest since September 2008 and is lower than the national unemployment rate of 5.6 percent in December.

A 12-month gain in private-sector jobs by a statistically significant 54,100 from December 2013 to December 2014 on a preliminary basis (seasonally adjusted), which is the highest December-to-December gain since 1999, according to the figures. In addition, Wisconsin added 7,600 private sector jobs from November to December.

The data from December indicates Wisconsin’s private sector job total has surpassed the highest point before the Great Recession by 16,700, making the current total the state’s highest ever.

“With the latest addition of 7,600 private-sector jobs, along with the upward revision showing a gain 18,000 private sector jobs during November, we continue to see a trajectory of job growth in Wisconsin,” DWD Secretary Reggie Newson said in a statement. “We will remain focused on workforce training programs that develop the skills needed to fill the jobs that are being created, so that Wisconsin has a robust talent pool in the years to come.”