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MADISON – Governor Scott Walker today released the following information from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development showing solid gains in employment for Wisconsin workers so far in 2017.

“Wisconsin is working,” Governor Walker said. “More men and women went to work so far in 2017 than ever before in our history and unemployment claims are at their lowest levels in 30 years. With unemployment near historic lows and businesses hiring across our state, we will continue to focus on worker training initiatives as we move into 2018.”

Wisconsin’s Workforce by the Numbers

 

December 2016

November 2017

Progress

EMPLOYMENT UP

Number of Employed Individuals

2,988,100

3,065,700

+77,600

Total Labor Force

3,114,900

3,168,100

+53,200

Number of Private Sector Jobs

2,516,100

2,556,200

+40,100

Labor Force Participation Rate

68.0%

68.9%

+0.9 % points

Number of Total (non‐farm) Jobs

2,934,300

2,974,400

+40,100

Number of Manufacturing Jobs

468,400

483,100

+14,700

UNEMPLOYMENT DOWN

Unemployment Rate

4.1%

3.2%

0.9 % points

Number of Unemployed Individuals

126,800

102,400

24,400

(U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov)

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