MADISON – Wisconsin’s Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman today announced that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for May 2007 was 4.7%, a 0.6 percentage point decrease from 5.3% in April.
“Our unemployment rate continues to decrease as our seasonal employment patterns bolster activity in nearly all industries across the state,” Secretary Gassman said.
Non-seasonally adjusted, place of work jobs totaled 2.877 million in May 2007. This is a 28,200 job increase from April 2007.
Construction and manufacturing jobs increased in May by 6,800 and 1,100, respectively, from April. The services providing sector added 20,000 jobs over the month, with leisure and hospitality sector leading with a gain of 10,900 jobs over the month.
On a year-over-year basis, the number of jobs in the state decreased by 2,400. Construction lost 3,800 jobs from May 2006 to May 2007. Manufacturing registered 10,600 fewer jobs than a year ago. The service providing sector added 12,000 jobs since May 2006.
The seasonally adjusted Wisconsin unemployment rate for May 2007 was 4.9%. This is a 0.2 percentage point decrease from 5.1% in April 2007.
Total employment in the state increased 20,000 from May 2006, on a seasonally adjusted basis, to 2.936 million.