Private Sector in Wisconsin Lost Nearly 10,000 Jobs Last Month

Non-adjusted Numbers Far Worse (-35,200)

MacIver News Service | October 21, 2010

[Madison, Wisc…] Wisconsin lost 9,900 private sector jobs last month, including 1,600 in manufacturing, while the number of state employees grew by 2,500.

“Wisconsin’s unemployment rate ticked downward in September, which is typically a seasonal month of change for our state,” said Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman. “Even with the decrease in unemployment, along with improvement in some areas of our economy, there are still too many Wisconsinites out of work. We must remain focused on job growth.”

Wisconsin’s seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for September was 7.8 percent–it’s lowest point since February 2009, when the rate was 7.7 percent.

According to DWD, the number of Wisconsin private-sector jobs was 2.3 million, reflecting a decrease of 9,900 from last month.

In what may point to a continued pattern of wealth migration, there are 27,900 fewer people in the civilian labor force in Wisconsin when compared to this time last year.

Private service providing saw the sharpest decline (-5,900), while the educational and health services sector saw the largest growth (2,800).

Overall, public sector employment was up 400, with 2,000 fewer people employed by local governments.  The department indicates that the overall increase in government employment can be attributed to returns to school, particularly in higher education with work-study, student employment and other hires during the month.

Nonseasonally-adjusted numbers are more grim, with 35,200 fewer private sector employees this month, although there were 23,600 more government workers than this time a month ago.