Wisconsin ranks 42nd out of the 50 states in private-sector job creation, according to the latest available government jobs data.
The Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics covers the 12 months from June 2011 to June 2012.
The data shows that Wisconsin’s position fell from a rank of 37th in the previous Census quarterly period from March 2011 to March 2012.
The report is based on reports from 96 percent of the nation’s public and private sector employers.
In the latest June-to-June data, Wisconsin gained 1.5 percent in job growth, or 35,381 jobs. North Dakota led the nation with a 12.1-percent job gain. The other top states for job growth include Utah (4.3 percent), Texas (4.0 percent), Washington (3.2 percent), California (3.1 percent); Montana (3.1 percent), Colorado (2.9 percent), Indiana (2.9 percent), Michigan (2.9 percent) and Tennessee (2.8 percent).
The only states that fared worse than Wisconsin were Connecticut (1.3 percent,) Pennsylvania (1.3 percent), Virginia 1.3 percent), Rhode Island (1.2 percent), Missouri (1.1 percent), Mississippi (0.9 percent), New Mexico (0.9 percent) and Delaware (0.3 percent).
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