Wisconsin adds 5,100 manufacturing jobs

Freeman Staff

June 8, 2017

WAUKESHA - April was a strong month for employers in Wisconsin, according to data released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, which showed the state added jobs.

"With more people employed today in Wisconsin than ever before and an unemployment rate at its lowest point since February 2000, the latest quarterly data also shows six straight years of private sector job growth under Governor (Scott) Walker's leadership through 2016," Department of Workforce Development Secretary Ray Allen said in a statement. "It's important to look at all economic indicators to understand the true picture of Wisconsin's economy, and the economic indicators overwhelmingly point to stable and steady growth in jobs, wages and the economy over the past six years."

Wisconsin ranks 11th in the United States for average weekly wage growth since 2010, according to the data.

According to the news release from the DWD, the number of people employed in Wisconsin is higher than any other point in the state's history and Wisconsin's labor force participation of 68.6 percent significantly outpaces the national rate of 62.9 percent.

The number of people who were unemployed in April 2017 was the lowest in 17 years.

In addition, the data from the BLS indicates Wisconsin added 14,800 total non-farm jobs from March 2017 to April 2017 and also added 5,100 manufacturing jobs over the same period.