Wisconsin up two spots to 31st in latest jobs creation data

State wage growth figures rank in top 20

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

Wisconsin increased private sector employment by slightly more than 1 percent between June 2015 and June 2016, ranking the state 31st in the country.

The state added 25,105 private sector jobs during the period, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Wisconsin ranked 33rd in job creation the last time the BLS released the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. That data covered the year ending in March 2016. The state added more than 37,000 jobs in that period, a 1.58 percent increase.

In the latest data, Wisconsin’s total wages were up 4.42 percent, the 19th best increase and the average weekly wage was up 3.05 percent to $845, the 12th largest jump.

As was the case in the September data, Utah led the way, increasing employment 4.05 percent. Idaho was up 3.67 percent, Nevada increased 3.51 percent, Florida jumped 3.39 percent and Georgia rounded out the top five with a 3.39 percent increase.

Wisconsin’s job growth was third in the Midwest, trailing only Michigan, 16th with a 1.99 percent increase, and Indiana, 25th with a 1.46 percent jump.

Minnesota was 33rd, Ohio 34th, South Dakota 35th, Nebraska 36th, Illinois 40th, Iowa 42nd and North Dakota was 51st with Washington D.C. included.

North Dakota was in the top five in the September data, but dropped to the bottom with a 6.35 percent decrease in employment.

Dane County had the best performance among Wisconsin counties, increasing employment by 3.39 percent. That jump was 49th among counties with at least 100,000 people employed. Waukesha County increased 1.44 percent, ranking 160th, and Milwaukee was up just 0.07 percent, ranking 223rd.

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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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