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.