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JOBS: Walker administration reports 27,500 private-sector jobs added over year

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MADISON (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s administration says nearly 27,500 private-sector jobs have been added in Wisconsin over the 12-month period that ended in September.

Walker’s Department of Workforce Development released the preliminary numbers Tuesday in advance of them being published officially by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on March 19. By releasing them early, Wisconsin’s numbers can’t be compared with job growth in other states.

Walker has been releasing the numbers ahead of the BLS routinely now for years. The quarterly numbers are based on a survey of nearly every business in the state and more accurate than monthly figures based on a census of just 3.5 percent of employers.

The latest figures reflect growth between September 2013 and September 2014.

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