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UPDATE: Wisconsin ranked 37th in private sector job growth

UPDATED Wednesday, December 18, 2013 --- 9:47 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin is ranked 37th in private sector job growth over the 12-month period that ended in June.

Figures released Wednesday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show private sector job growth in Wisconsin between June 2012 and June 2013 grew by 1 percent. That ranks it 37th nationally, just ahead of Mississippi and below New Hampshire.

North Dakota had the highest increase at 3.7 percent while West Virginia was the worst with a drop of 0.7 percent. The national rate was 1.9 percent.

Wisconsin added 23,963 jobs over the period.

Gov. Scott Walker promised in 2010 to add 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of next year. But he is highly unlikely to meet that, given the growth numbers to date.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


Posted Wednesday, December 18, 2013 --- 5:20

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- New employment numbers showing how well Wisconsin is doing compared with its neighbors are scheduled to be released.

The numbers coming Wednesday from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will show job creation over the 12 months between June 2012 and June 2013.

Gov. Scott Walker's administration released preliminary numbers that showed the state added nearly 24,000 private sector jobs during that time. But the BLS release will make it possible to compare Wisconsin's performance with other states.

Over the first two years of Walker's term, through December 2012, the state gained 63,000 private sector jobs. That is only about a quarter of the way toward fulfilling Walker's signature 2010 campaign promise to add 250,000 jobs over four years.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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