Job and wage growth data from the third quarter of 2015 presented a mixed bag for Wisconsin.
The state ranked 36th in yearly private-sector job growth percentage last September in figures released Wednesday as part of the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. That's two spots higher than the last quarterly report, which covered through June 2015.
Wisconsin added 29,616 private-sector jobs in the 12 months ending in September 2015, for a growth rate of 1.23 percent.
For wage growth, however, Wisconsin was the sixth-best in the country for the last four quarters.
The state's average weekly wage grew from $807 in the third quarter of 2014 to $836 in the same quarter last year. The 3.59 percent increase, not adjusted for inflation, trailed only Oregon, Nebraska, Illinois, Hawaii and Tennessee.
Wisconsin has bounced around the rankings for wage growth in recent quarters: The state was 30th in the second quarter of 2015, eighth in the first quarter and as low as 46th in the third quarter of 2014.
Here are charts showing Wisconsin's place in rankings for job and wage growth:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' quarterly census is considered to be among the most accurate and thorough descriptions of states' job figures, but it comes with a six-month delay from the time covered.
Monthly job estimates under the Current Employment Statistics program are a quicker report, but they represent sample of only around 5 percent of employers.
Wisconsin on Thursday released its jobs figures for the Current Employment Statistics program from January, which showed that the state lost 1,400 private-sector jobs in the first month of 2016, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted data. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is scheduled to release full national data on Monday.