UPDATE: Wisconsin 37th in job creation last year

UPDATED Thursday, June 19, 2014 --- 10:09 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin ranks 37th in private sector job creation and lags the national average in job growth.

That is according to data covering 2013 released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The numbers show Wisconsin had 1.2 percent job growth in 2013, ranking it 37th nationwide. The national growth rate was 2.1 percent.

Wisconsin was 35th in the previous report covering the 12-months ending in September.

The state created 28,141 private sector jobs in 2013. That is the lowest annual number of jobs created over the first three years of Gov. Scott Walker's term. To date, about 101,000 private sector jobs have been added, short of Walker's promise to add 250,000 by the end of this year.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 --- 6:41 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The latest jobs numbers showing how well Wisconsin did in creating jobs compared with other states is set to be released.

The numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will show private-sector job creation for the state and nation for the 12-month period from the end of December 2012 through the end of 2013.

In the last report released in March, Wisconsin ranked 35th in private-sector job growth.

The numbers will also provide an update on how much progress Gov. Scott Walker is making toward his 2010 campaign promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs through the end of this year.

Based on the best most recent estimates about 101,000 have been added since Walker took office, leaving him less than halfway toward the promise.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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