- Wisconsin's private sector job growth is 33rd nationwide and behind the national average.
New data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows private-sector job growth in Wisconsin grew nearly 1.3 percent for the 12-month period ending in March.
The national average was just over 2 percent. That ranked Wisconsin 33rd compared with all 50 states.
The only Midwest states lower were Illinois and Minnesota.
The numbers show that Wisconsin added 28,712 private-sector jobs over that period. Separately, the state reported that in August unemployment dropped from 5.8 percent to 5.6 percent.
The numbers come less than seven weeks before the November 4th election. Governor Scott Walker's record on jobs creation has been a major issue in the race in which he's challenged by Democrat Mary Burke.
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