WAUKESHA — Wisconsin’s
unemployment rate dropped again — to a record low of 2.8%.
The Department of Workforce Development released the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics preliminary employment estimates for the month of
April on Thursday.
The report also showed that Wisconsin’s labor force participation
rate remained at 67.5% in April.
While Wisconsin’s unemployment rate in April was 2.8%, the national
unemployment rate was 3.6%.
The seasonally adjusted data also showed that the number of
Wisconsinites who were counted as unemployed in April stood at
88,100, a record low for the data series that dates to January 1976.
From April 2018 to April 2019, Wisconsin added 17,000 private-sector
jobs, according to the data from the DWD. A total of 15,100 nonfarm
jobs were added during the same time period.
Wisconsin private-sector employment and total nonfarm employment
decreased 3,900 and 3,100 from March 2019 to April 2019
“We must remain committed to equipping all individuals with the
skills they need to acquire family-sustaining employment regardless
of age, race, gender and perceived barriers to employment,” DWD
Secretary Caleb Frostman said. “I am happy to see a record low level
of unemployed individuals in Wisconsin, but we must remain
steadfast. Those 88,100 individuals, and those who are not in the
labor force but want to be, need our help. The skills employers seek
are diverse — it is up to us to ensure that our workforce is
comprised of individuals who carry in-demand skills which lead to a