September 21, 2023

Wisconsin has seen robust labor pressure progress this yr, however the jobs image is murky  

Wisconsin added 6,400 non-public sector jobs from June to July however the state’s unemployment fee elevated barely to 2.6%, based on the most recent information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

On the identical time, Wisconsin noticed its labor pressure participation fee proceed to extend, reaching 65.5%, up two-tenths from June and a full share level from January. The rise is the sixth largest within the nation this yr.

In sensible phrases, the rise in labor pressure participation means a seasonally adjusted improve of practically 57,000 individuals both working or in search of work within the state. That 1.9% improve within the state’s labor pressure is the ninth largest improve within the nation.

Wisconsin’s July job progress of 6,400 non-public sector positions represents a 0.25% improve from June, the 12th quickest progress fee within the nation. The addition of seven,500 well being care and social help positions was the first driver of the expansion. The lack of 1,300 jobs in nondurable items manufacturing and 1,100 in administrative assist and waste administration companies offset the well being care beneficial properties.

The state additionally noticed a second consecutive month of stronger year-over-year wage progress. The typical hourly wage within the state was up 5.4% in July in comparison with a yr earlier. Staff additionally noticed a 5% year-over-year improve in June. The state had seen five-straight months of wage progress of lower than 4% to begin yr.

For the previous three months, Wisconsin has averaged a 4.3% improve in wages, which ranks 20th within the nation.

The state has additionally seen slower progress in common weekly wages as employees are placing in fewer hours per week. Throughout all industries, the typical variety of hours in July was 33.1 hours per week, down from 33.4 on the identical time in 2022.

In manufacturing, the typical variety of hours has dropped from 40.4 final yr to 39.3 in July. The drop isn’t fairly as extreme for manufacturing employees, who went from 40.1 to 39.8. Nonetheless, July marked four-straight months with lower than 40 hours per week on common for manufacturing employees within the state.

Exterior of the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the final time Wisconsin manufacturing employees averaged lower than 40 hours for 4 straight months was in 2009.

Whereas the state has seen robust labor pressure progress this yr, its job progress has lagged. Since January, non-public sector employment is up by 16,000, based on seasonally adjusted information. The 0.6% improve ranks 27th within the nation.

In comparison with July 2022, Wisconsin’s non-public sector employment is up 1.3%, a progress fee that ranks 38th within the nation.

Information on the variety of jobs and the variety of individuals within the workforce comes from two totally different surveys, which can clarify a few of the divergence within the figures. Job figures come from a survey of employers whereas labor pressure statistics come from a survey of households.

On the family survey, which is used to calculate the unemployment and labor pressure participation charges, Wisconsin’s whole employment appears significantly better relative to different states. Since January, whole employment is up 2.1%, which ranks 10th within the nation.

In comparison with July 2022, whole employment within the state is up 1.8%, rating 15th.