Wisconsin experienced a second straight month of private-sector job losses in June, meaning the state has seen negative job growth in four of the first six months of the year.
The losses, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, largely have been slight, so the two months of positive growth have overcome the downturns for a net total of 8,500 jobs added in the first half of 2014.
In June, Wisconsin lost 1,200 private-sector jobs, with seven of 10 industry sectors experiencing negative growth over May.
The state also had seasonally adjusted monthly job losses in January (200), February (5,300) and May (900). It posted gains of 7,300 jobs in March and 8,800 in April.
Wisconsin's rate of private-sector job growth during the term of Gov. Scott Walker continues to lag behind three of its four neighboring states, a trend reflected in the graphic below.
Michigan went back ahead of the national growth rate in June, but Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois all are experiencing growth slower than the national average.
The figures come from the Current Employment Statistics program, which surveys a small percentage of employers for a snapshot of economic conditions.
Here are explanations of the industry sectors included:
Sum of 11 industry sectors. Jobs in the farming industry can fluctuate and therefore are excluded.
All nonfarm jobs except those in government.
Mining and Logging
Jobs in agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.
Jobs in the construction of buildings or engineering products, including highways and utility systems.
Jobs in the mechanical, physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances or components into new products.
Manufacturing » Durable Goods
A subsector of Manufacturing, jobs that produce goods expected to last more than three years such as cars, furniture and construction materials.
Manufacturing » Non-Durable Goods
A subsector of Manufacturing, jobs that produce goods expected to last three years or less such as food and clothing.
Trade, Transportation and Utilities
Jobs involving the sale of merchandise, transportation of passengers and cargo and utilities service.
Trade, Transportation and Utilities » Wholesale Trade
A subsector of Trade, Transportation and Utilities, jobs that are involved in the intermediate step of the distribution of merchandise, selling to other businesses.
Trade, Transportation and Utilities » Retail Trade
A subsector of Trade, Transportation and Utilities, jobs that are involved in the final step of the distribution of merchandise, selling in small quantities to the general public.
Trade, Transportation and Utilities » Transportation and Utilities
A subsector of Trade, Transportation and Utilities, jobs that are involved in transportation of passengers and cargo or jobs in electric power, natural gas, steam supply, water supply and sewage removal.
Jobs in producing and distributing information and cultural products, providing the means to transmit or distribute these products as well as data or communications, and processing data.
Jobs involved in financial transactions or the sale, rent or lease of property.
Financial Activities » Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
A subsector of Financial Activities, jobs involved in the sale, rent or lease of real estate or other property.
Professional and Business Services
Jobs that provide services to clients.
Professional and Business Services » Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
A subsector of Professional and Business Services, jobs that specialize in performing professional, scientific or technical services for others.
Professional and Business Services » Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
A subsector of Professional and Business Services, jobs that support the day-to-day activities of other organizations.
Education and Health Services
Jobs in establishments that provide instruction and training or health care and social assistance.
Education and Health Services » Educational Services
A subsector of Education and Health Services, jobs in establishments that provide instruction and training, either public or private.
Education and Health Services » Health Care and Social Assistance
A subsector of Education and Health Services, jobs in establishments that provide health care and social assistance for individuals.
Leisure and Hospitality
Jobs in providing services to meet cultural, entertainment and recreational interests, lodging or food and beverage for immediate consumption.
Leisure and Hospitality » Arts, Entertainment and Recreation
A subsector of Leisure and Hospitality, jobs in providing services to meet cultural, entertainment and recreational interests.
Leisure and Hospitality » Accommodation and Food Services
A subsector of Leisure and Hospitality, jobs in establishments that provide lodging or food-and-beverage service for immediate consumption.
Jobs in areas not covered by other sectors and not in public administration.
Jobs in establishments of federal, state and local governments that manage public programs and have ruling authority.
Government » Federal Government
A subsector of Government, jobs in the executive branch of the federal government.
Government » State Government
A subsector of Government, jobs in state governments.
Government » Local Government
A subsector of Government, jobs in local governments.