Wisconsin added 9,500 jobs in October

Freeman Staff

Nov. 17, 2017

MADISON ó During October, 9,500 private sector jobs were created in Wisconsin, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Workforce Development.

In addition, based on preliminary data, Wisconsin gained 10,500 total non-farm, 9,500 private sector jobs and 3,400 manufacturing jobs from September to October 2017. The state also added 42,400 total non-farm jobs and 39,400 private sector jobs from October 2016 to October 2017. In addition, the state gained 13,000 manufacturing jobs when comparing October 2017 to October 2016.

The number of total nonfarm and private-sector jobs in Wisconsin reached all-time highs, according to the preliminary numbers.

The data also showed a preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 3.4 percent in October 2017, down 0.1 percent from 3.5 percent in September and below the national unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. Wisconsinís 3.4 percent unemployment rate is the lowest since October rate since 1999.

The labor force in Wisconsin was unchanged in September with a rate of 68.8 percent and continues to be above the U.S. rate of 62.7 percent. Wisconsinís total labor force also reached an all-time high in October, based on preliminary estimates.