Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

201 E. Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

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Scott Walker, Governor
Reginald J. Newson, Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 19, 2014
CONTACT: DWD Communications, 608-266-2722
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Actual Jobs Data: State Added Over 28,100 Private Sector Jobs in 2013

BLS data release also shows state ranked No. 2 in the Midwest and 15th highest nationally
in private-sector average weekly wage gains year over year

MADISON – Actual jobs data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show Wisconsin created 28,141 private sector jobs during the 12-month period ending in December 2013. The report also shows Wisconsin ranked Number 2 in the Midwest and 15th highest in the country for average weekly wage growth (private sector jobs) during the quarter.

"Today's release confirms that Wisconsin's private sector continued to add thousands of jobs in 2013 and, when added to monthly estimates in 2014, we’ve added over 100,000 private sector jobs since December 2010, following the loss of almost 134,000 private-sector jobs according to actual jobs data covering the four preceding years," Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Reggie Newson said. "Today Wisconsin is headed in the right direction, which means more opportunities for tens of thousands of Wisconsin workers and their families."

The 2011-13 calendar year private sector job gains were the best three-year consecutive gains under any single Governor since 2000. They outpaced the gains under the first three years of the previous Governor's term by over 27,200 jobs.

Highlights of today's BLS release of Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) through the fourth quarter of 2013 include:

Other indicators that help illustrate the state of Wisconsin’s economy include:

Today's BLS report of QCEW data is available online.