NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin 37th in job creation last year

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MADISON, EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP/WEAU) -- New numbers have Wisconsin lagging behind in job growth, but on the upside, more money is going into your pocket, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wisconsin saw its number of jobs grow by 1.2 percent last year, ranking 37th nationwide, behind the country's average of 2.1 percent.

Eau Claire County actually saw a decrease of about two percent of its jobs last year, but the state highlighted more positive numbers, including a drop in unemployment and growth in wages.

A stronger focus on security for area schools, new rules from the FCC and commercial vehicles have helped Air Communications of Wisconsin in Eau Claire prosper, creating a need for a larger shop and new office position.

“With the schools, just security wise, chippewa schools has really expanded. Every school has the 2 way radios if there is something that happens, they're able to respond,” Air Communications owner Tammy Boiteau said.

But the new numbers show not every company has the ability to grow and add jobs.

Department of Workforce Development economist Scott Hodek said there were some positives, seeing high wage growth in the state.

“People don't spend if they don't feel their wages are growing, if they don't feel like they can find jobs, so I consider that part good news,” Hodek said.

“It's very concerning when you see anybody losing jobs… they have families to support, I'd love to see it grow. With all the changes that are being made in Eau Claire. Hopefully there will be a need for more jobs,” Boiteau said.

Hodek said Chippewa County saw a four percent increase in job growth.

“We also saw growth in natural resources and that of course was sand mines. That represents 86 jobs,” Hodek said.

That boost is helping others too.

“We have huge increase with the sand plants and they're on the road, they're in the plants, using our radios,” Boiteau said.

“While the job numbers here in Eau Claire are a concern, I also do like a lot of the things going on in terms of quality of life here and I think that in the long run will attract more talent and business,” Hodek said.

Including the recent jobs added, the state still falls nearly $150,000 jobs short of Gov. Walker's promise of adding 250,000 jobs by the end of the year.


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.
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.

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