National jobs numbers took a hit in September, but estimates show Wisconsin with a record number of private-sector jobs. That may be because Wisconsin didn’t have to contend with a hurricane.
After 83 straight months of growth, the Bureau of Labor Statistics job estimates for September saw a loss of 33,000 jobs across the nation. Financial analysts attributed this to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as the leisure and hospitality sectors took big hits.
But Wisconsin saw an increase of 8,600 jobs, according to preliminary estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released Friday. The figures are part of the Current Employment Statistics program, which samples a small number of employers monthly. As preliminary estimates for September, the numbers are subject to revision.
That 8,600 increase is broken down into 5,900 private-sector jobs and 2,700 government jobs. Estimates show an increase of 1,200 construction jobs and over 5,000 additional jobs in the trade, transportation and utilities sector.
That increase makes up for a mediocre August, when the state saw a loss of 7,100 jobs. (The number was previously estimated as a loss of 8,800, but later revised to 7,100.)
Altogether, the total number of estimated private-sector jobs in Wisconsin is 2,543,200, the highest it’s ever been.
"With Wisconsin reaching all-time highs in total labor force and number of private sector jobs in September, we are more than ready to meet the workforce needs of current and future employers,” Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development secretary Ray Allen said in a statement.
That’s a total increase of 219,600 private-sector jobs since January 2011. Gov. Scott Walker pledged to create 250,000 private-sector jobs by the end of his first term.
Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate, which reached the impressive low of 3.1 percent earlier this year, has been slowly but steadily rising over the past few months. The estimated unemployment rate for September is 3.5 percent, still lower than the national rate of 4.2 percent.
Here's the Cap Times job database update: