Wisconsin gains 25,000 private-sector jobs in 12 months

Freeman Staff

August 18, 2017

WAUKESHA - The state's Department of Workforce Development released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data for June and preliminary estimates for July on employment and jobs in Wisconsin.

Based on preliminary data, Wisconsin has added 26,500 non-farming jobs and 25,000 private sector jobs from July 2016 to July 2017, with a significant year-over-year gain of 9,600 manufacturing jobs, according to a press release.

The preliminary unemployment rate in July was 3.2 percent, lower than the national rate of 4.3 percent last month, according to the release.

"Following the announcement that Foxconn will be bringing 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin, it is exciting to see that our economy continues to experience year-over-year job growth, specifically 9,600 jobs in manufacturing," said Department of Workforce Development Secretary Ray Allen. "Under Governor Walker, Wisconsin's economy is performing at historic or near historic levels. The governor's investments in workforce and economic development have prepared Wisconsin for this one in a generation opportunity to bring thousands of family sustaining jobs and years of prosperity to the citizens of Wisconsin."