Wisconsin added 9,100 private sector jobs in July

Unemployment rate unchanged at 2.9 percent

Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:08 am

Wisconsin added 9,100 private sector jobs in July and the state’s unemployment rate remained 2.9 percent, according to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by the state Department of Workforce Development.

An increase of 2,800 jobs in leisure and hospitality, 2,400 in durable goods manufacturing and 2,300 in education and health services helped drive the increase.

Professional and business services was the only sector with a decrease in employment, down 1,300. Government employment was also down 400.

The state’s labor force participation rate remained unchanged at 68.9 percent. The number of people classified as unemployed increased 1,800 to 92,900. Overall employment decreased 2,000.

Labor force, unemployment and employment data comes from a survey of households while data on private-sector jobs and specific sectors comes from a survey of workplaces.

Both surveys are subject to revision. Data from June, for example, was revised upward by 1,200 private sector jobs to a gain of 6,700.

According to the latest data, the state added 28,400 private sector jobs during the first seven months of 2018.

The state has added 38,500 private sector jobs from July 2017 to July 2018, according to the DWD release. That includes the addition of 21,300 manufacturing jobs over that period of time.

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Arthur covers banking and finance and the economy at BizTimes while also leading special projects as an associate editor. He also spent five years covering manufacturing at BizTimes. He previously was managing editor at The Waukesha Freeman. He is a graduate of Carroll University and did graduate coursework at Marquette. A native of southeastern Wisconsin, he is also a nationally certified gymnastics judge and enjoys golf on the weekends.

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