Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth and lags behind the national average for the 12-month period that ended in June, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Private-sector jobs grew by 1.45 percent in Wisconsin from July 2013 through the end of June, and that trailed the national average of 2.3 percent growth. Wisconsin ranked 32nd nationally in private-sector job growth and trailed other Midwest states including Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota.
The less reliable monthly accounting from the state also released Thursday had more positive numbers. It showed unemployment dropped from 5.4 percent to 5.2 percent between October and November, the lowest it's been since the recession. The national unemployment rate was 5.8 percent for the month. That monthly report also showed that Wisconsin added 16,500 private-sector jobs in November.