May 19. 2011 2:00AM - Last modified: March 14. 2012 1:19PM

Wisconsin unemployment rate dips to 7.3%


Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in April from 7.4 percent in March.
Wisconsin has added 24,900 private-sector jobs so far this year, including 11,500 in manufacturing. Preliminary figures show the private sector added 3,000 jobs in April.
Department of Workforce Development interim Secretary Scott Baumbach said, "With each month, Wisconsin's economy is growing stronger under Governor Walker's leadership and jobseekers are taking notice. In fact, an additional 10,900 individuals entered the labor force during the month of April alone, eager to take advantage of available job opportunities including over 28,000 jobs posted on Wisconsin is open for business, employers are looking to hire, and jobseekers are optimistic and entering the labor market."
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued the following statement about the new numbers: "Nearly 25,000 Wisconsinites are back to work since we declared Wisconsin open for business in January with 11,500 of those jobs in manufacturing. Because of the hard work done so far to improve Wisconsin's business climate, employers are willing to grow and invest in Wisconsin. That is good for middle class working families and it is good for Wisconsin. We are on our way to 250,000 jobs by 2015, but there is more work to be done in order to meet and surpass that goal."