By Joe Taschler
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
04/16/2016

Private sector job growth saw big gains in Wisconsin during the first quarter of the year, the state Department of Workforce Development said Thursday.

“The state added a statistically significant 13,100 private sector jobs from February 2016 to March 2016 on a preliminary basis, including a significant gain of 4,200 jobs in manufacturing,” the DWD said in a statement. “Wisconsin also added a significant 47,500 private-sector and 51,200 total non-farm jobs over the year ending in March 2016, the best year-over-year growth since August 2004 in both categories.”

Wisconsin posted a preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate of 4.5% in March 2016, slightly lower than the 4.6% rate in March 2015.

“Based on preliminary estimates, Wisconsin’s total employment grew by a statistically significant 58,000 year-over-year to more than 3 million, an all-time high,” according to the DWD statement. “Additionally, the state’s labor force reached an all-time high in March 2016.”

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