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August 2018 - Seasonally Adjusted
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Source: Wisconsin LAUS and BLS CPS

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Unemployment Release

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) and the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) announce the latest U.S., State, and local unemployment rates and analysis.

U.S.     State     Local

Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2018 was 3.0 percent, up from July's 2.9 percent and down from 3.3 percent in August 2017. Without seasonal adjustment, August's rate was 3.1 percent, down from 3.2 percent in July and down from 3.3 percent in August 2017.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for August 2018 was 3.9 percent, unchanged from 3.9 percent in July and down from 4.4 percent in August 2017. Without seasonal adjustment, the U.S. rate for August 2018 was 3.9 percent, down from 4.1 percent in July and down from 4.5 percent in August 2017.

Upcoming Wisconsin Job Fairs, 2018

Job Center of Wisconsin: Wisconsin Job Centers regularly sponsor or promote Job Fairs and on-site recruitments to help connect businesses with job seekers in their areas.

Updated Targeted Employment Area Information

Looking to obtain a Targeted Employment Area (TEA) certification for a high unemployment area in Wisconsin? Foreign investors seeking to invest in Wisconsin through the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Visa program can find resources for requesting certification letters on our TEA requests page. Questions? Visit our FAQ page.

Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training grants

Department of Workforce Development: Skilled workers, smart business, strong Wisconsin. The Wisconsin Fast Forward program is now accepting applications for worker training grants. The program makes investments to prepare workers for jobs available today and in the years to come.

Skill Explorer: The new Wisconsin job search

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Department of Workforce Development: Linking people, skills and knowledge to job postings. Skill Explorer is a free tool allowing Wisconsin workers to search for employment opportunities that match their existing skills and training.

Multiple Worksite Reporting available online

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Attention business owners...submit your location information electronically! If your business has multiple locations in Wisconsin with 10 or more employees in their combined secondary locations covered under one Unemployment Insurance (UI) account number you can complete the blank fillable Multiple Worksite Report (MWR) online! Please send completed forms by fax or mail listed in Step 5 on the Instructions page. Questions? Email us at: mwr@dwd.wi.gov

Updated Items

The following topics are available on our Federal News page where they have become part of our permanent feature of popular workforce topics. Most of these items are from the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

  • Producer Price Index
  • Local Employment Dynamics
  • Real Earnings
  • Business Employment Dynamics
  • U.S. Import and Export Prices Indexes
  • Employer Costs for Employee Compensation
  • Consumer Price Index
WORKnet is moving! We have developed a new site to house the data and resources currently available on WORKnet. Visit Wisconomy.com to start using our new, interactive tools and resources. WORKnet will be transitioned to WisConomy in the fall of 2018. Please email or contact us with any questions.
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