FACT CHECK: Here’s Where Wisconsin Ranks This Year For Manufacturing Job Creation
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claimed that his state added “the second most new manufacturing jobs in the country” over the last year.
Wisconsin added 22,800 manufacturing jobs over the last 12 months, the second highest of any state.
The latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that 22,800 manufacturing jobs were added in Wisconsin from September 2017 to September 2018. Only Texas had a larger increase, with 27,500 manufacturing jobs added. Florida (19,500), Ohio (16,100) and Illinois (14,600) also saw substantial increases over the last year.
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development frequently touts its jobs numbers. “The latest data show a continuation of very robust growth in the manufacturing sector in Wisconsin,” Secretary Ray Allen said in an October press release. “The Wisconsin economy is hitting on all cylinders.”
The figures for September are preliminary and subject to revision, as some companies do not have payroll data available for BLS at the time of its release.
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