MILWAUKEE - Local economic indicators showed that
business activity improved during June in the metro Milwaukee
area, according to a report from the Metropolitan Milwaukee
Association of Commerce on Tuesday.
ďOf particular note is the stronger pace of
employment growth recorded in June, the strength of which has
mostly eluded the metro area economy through 2015ís first half,Ē
said Bret Mayborne, the MMACís economic research director.
Nonfarm job levels numbered 863,700 in June, the
highest job total posted in the metro area in seven years and
employment grew at a 1.5 percent pace in June when compared to
year-ago levels, according to the report. When analyzing major
industry sectors, six of the 10 industries posted year-over-year
job increases in June led by a 3.9 percent increase in education
and health services jobs. Of the four sectors reporting
employment declines, the largest decrease was in the trade,
transportation and utilities sector, which declined by 1.5
In addition, passengers using Gen. Mitchell
International Airport rose 0.3 percent in June compared to the
same period last year, marking this indicatorís second increase
in the past three months, according to the MMAC.