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State workforce secretary remains committed to accurate jobs count


SCHOFIELD, Wis. (WSAU) - The Department of Workforce Development will keep working to get accurate jobs numbers for the state.

That's the word from Secretary Reggie Newson who made a stop in Schofield on Friday to talk about youth internships. Newson says the state is still working to ensure the federal government is taking accurate counts of jobs figures. "Employers and job seekers and educational stakeholders need the most accurate possible data to make decisions."

Newson has criticised the monthly federal jobs data as inaccurate, saying the sample size is too low to get a clear view of the situation in the state. Newson complained to the U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics on July 19th, right after the agency said Wisconsin lost 11-thousand-700 private sector jobs the previous month. Newson questioned the accuracy of the preliminary monthly job totals, which are based on surveys of about three-and-a-half percent of Wisconsin’s employers.

Newson says the state will continue to release their quarterly full survey of employers to ensure accurate numbers. The department will also be working to improve and update the state's job bank websites in order to connect the unemployed with new jobs.