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Report: Wisconsin ranks 34th in private sector job creation

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Over two-thirds of the 50 states created jobs at a faster rate than Wisconsin during the year ending in March. 

That's what a new federal report said Thursday. 

Raw figures from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages showed that Wisconsin ranked 34th in private sector job creation between March of 2012 and March of this year. 

Both are slightly lower ranks than the previous quarterly report which covered job activity through the end of 2012. 

The report is based a survey of 96 percent of U.S. employers, and it's generally regarded as the most accurate federal report on jobs. 

Thursday's data shows that Wisconsin added 24,305 private sector jobs during the year ending in March -- a 1.1 percent increase during those 12 months.