Wisconsin monthly employment, unemployment rates

Freeman Staff

Sept. 15, 2017

MADISON - The Department of Workforce Development on Thursday released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revisions for July and preliminary estimates for August covering employment and job statistics for the state of Wisconsin. In brief, the seasonally adjusted estimates show:

Place of work data: Based on preliminary data, the state added 19,000 total non-farm jobs and 20,100 private-sector jobs from August 2016 to August 2017, with a significant year-over-year gain of 10,200 manufacturing jobs. This accounts for a preliminary one-month decrease of 8,800 total non-farm and 5,200 private sector jobs from July to August 2017.

Place of residence data: A preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in August 2017, up slightly from 3.2 percent in July and a full percentage point below the national unemployment rate of 4.4 percent, which increased from 4.3 percent over the month. Wisconsin's labor force participation rate was unchanged in August at 68.8 percent and almost six percentage points above the U.S. rate of 62.9 percent.

DWD Secretary Ray Allen issued the following statement: "This year we've seen record-high employment, near-record low unemployment rates, unemployment insurance claims running at their lowest levels in a generation and the labor force participation rate holding steady and outpacing the national rate. Wisconsin is a top 10 state to do business, and we expect our state will continue to grow and attract new businesses well into the future."