Wisconsin’s economy grew at an annualized 1.2 percent rate in the first quarter of 2018. The performance was better than the start to 2017, but left the state ranked 40th nationally, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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The increase in the state’s real gross domestic product from the fourth quarter to the first was better than the 0.7 percent clip posted at the beginning of 2017. In the 12-state Midwest region, however, Wisconsin only ranked ahead of Kansas and North Dakota.

The United States as a whole grew at a 1.8 percent annual rate during the same period.

Durable and nondurable goods manufacturing were both strong contributors to the state’s growth, adding 0.44 and 0.28 percentage points respectively and outpacing the country as a whole.

Real estate and rental and leasing was a big contributor for Wisconsin, adding 0.43 points, about even with the country. Read the full story here.