Today, Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Ray Allen released the following statement on the state-by-state rankings released by the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) showing that Wisconsin’s addition of 8,900 private sector jobs in March ranked 4th nationally and 2nd in the Midwest.  Additionally, the data shows that Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate of 68.7 percent ranked 5th nationally, while Wisconsin’s historically low unemployment rate of 2.9 percent was the 8th lowest nationally.  Wisconsin also leads the nation in manufacturing jobs added in 2018 year-to-date.


“If you live and work in Wisconsin, there is a lot to be excited about when looking at the rankings data released by BLS today,” DWD Secretary Allen said.  “Wisconsin is a national leader in creating manufacturing, construction and overall private sector jobs, our historically low unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the nation and our labor force participation rate not only outpaces the national rate by a significant margin, but outpaces 45 other states.  Under Governor Walker, we have a business climate that promotes private sector expansion and opportunity, and Wisconsin workers are benefitting.  I encourage all job seekers to visit your local job center today.  DWD staff stand ready to help get you on your path to a rewarding career in one of Wisconsin’s many high-growth industry sectors.”  Read the WisBusiness story here.