MADISON – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) today released the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) preliminary employment estimates for the month of April 2021. The data shows that Wisconsin’s total non-farm jobs increased by 9,300 over the month, while private-sector jobs increased by 8,200 over the same period. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate in April was 3.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate in April was 6.1 percent.
- Place of Residence Data: Wisconsin’s labor force participation rate in April was 65.9, 4.2 percent higher than the national rate of 61.7 percent. Wisconsin’s unemployment rate in April was 3.9 percent, while the national unemployment rate was 6.1 percent in the same month.
- Place of Work Data: Wisconsin added 9,300 total non-farm and 8,200 private-sector jobs from March to April. From April 2020 to April 2021, Wisconsin total non-farm jobs increased by 267,300 and private-sector jobs increased by 261,200. The BLS survey was conducted during the reference week, which includes the 12th of the month; the height of the COVID-19 shutdown in April 2020 .
Today’s full report can be viewed on DWD’s premier source for labor market information, WisConomy.com.