Wis. Unemployment Rate Steady
Posted at: 08/15/2013 1:55 PM
| Updated at: 08/15/2013 2:27 PM
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's unemployment rate is steady at 6.8 percent for July, the same as it was in June.
The state Department of Workforce Development released the latest figures on Thursday, but also downplayed the results as being unpredictable given that they're based on a survey of just 3.6 percent of employers.
Gov. Scott Walker's administration prefers to rely on quarterly data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that is based on a survey of nearly every Wisconsin employer. Walker released the latest quarterly figures for that Thursday that showed more than 24,000 private sector jobs were added between March 2012 and March 2013.
The monthly data shows that 1,800 private sector jobs were added in July.
The state unemployment rate was below the national rate of 7.4 percent.
New report shows 24,000 job gain in Wisconsin
Wisconsin gained more than 24,000 jobs from March 2012 to March of this year.
That's according to the latest jobs numbers released by Gov. Scott Walker's administration. Walker promised during his 2010 election campaign to create 250,000 jobs in four years.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June that the state gained 62,000 private-sector jobs during the first two years of Walker's term.
Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said in a statement Thursday that the latest figures show the state is gaining momentum in job creation. It gained 24,124 private-sector jobs from March 2012 to March 2013.
The data is based on a census of 96 percent of Wisconsin businesses, which Walker's administration has been releasing before it's published by the BLS.
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