By Joe Taschler
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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.”