State had second strongest growth in Midwest

Wisconsin’s real gross domestic product grew 2.5% in 2018, the second largest increase in the Midwest and the state’s strongest year of economic growth since 2010.

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The 2018 growth rate marks the first time Wisconsin’s real GDP has increased by more than 2% in a year since 2011. After two years of negative growth in 2008 and 2009, Wisconsin posted 3% growth in 2010 and 2.1% in 2011. From 2012 to 2017, the state averaged 1.3% annual growth.

Wisconsin now ranks 17th in the country last year for economic growth. The U.S. economy as a whole grew 2.9% last year while the Great Lakes region grew 2.2%, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

The state of Washington had the strongest economic growth at 5.7%, followed by Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Florida.

Among nearby states, Michigan had the strongest growth at 2.7%. Wisconsin outpaced Minnesota, 2.2%, Iowa, 1.4%, Illinois, 2.1%, and Indiana, 1.9%.

Wisconsin started 2018 strong with a 4.9% annualized growth rate in the first quarter, according to the most recent data. Growth slowed to a 1.6% rate in the second quarter before finishing with 2.4% in the third and 2.1% in the fourth quarters.

Manufacturing led Wisconsin’s growth, accounting for 0.97 percentage points of the increase. Nondurable goods manufacturing was responsible for 0.61 percentage points of the increase while nondurable goods made up 0.36. Click here for the full story