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Preliminary estimates: Wisconsin added over 11,000 jobs in February

Preliminary estimates: Wisconsin added over 11,000 jobs in February

President Donald Trump found cause to celebrate when the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released data showing that the U.S. had added 235,000 jobs in February, tweeting “GREAT AGAIN” in response.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker may be led to similar tweeting. BLS data released last Friday showed a similarly positive February for Wisconsin, adding 11,100 jobs, according to preliminary estimates.

The majority of those jobs (7,600) were added in the private sector and 3,500 were government jobs. Over 5,500 of those added jobs were in the leisure and hospitality sectors.

Also last week, BLS data showed that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate at 3.7 percent. The national rate is 4.7 percent.

That’s the lowest Wisconsin’s rate been since November 2000, and significantly better than the 8.1 percent when Gov. Scott Walker took office.

When Walker began his first term in January 2011, he vowed to create 250,000 new private-sector jobs by 2015. Since that time, private-sector jobs have grown by 210,500, representing an 8.7 percent increase.

Last week while announcing that German-based Haribo candy will open a plant in Kenosha, Walker reiterated his belief that there are not not enough skilled workers available in the workforce.

"I think the biggest challenge is we’ve got so many jobs now, the biggest challenge is finding people to fill them," he said.

Surrounding states had mixed results for February. Illinois saw a 25,600 increase in jobs, and over 17,000 of those were private-sector jobs. Iowa gained 3,000 jobs and Minnesota saw an increase of 3,800. Michigan lost 1,600 jobs.

The figures were released Friday, and are part of the Current Employment Statistics program, which samples a small number of employers monthly. As preliminary estimates for February, the numbers are subject to revision.

Here's the Cap Times job database update:

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