Business activity improves in metro Milwaukee during June

By Katherine Michalets - Freeman Staff

Aug. 5, 2015

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 percent.

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.