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Wis. Jobless Rate at Lowest Level in Nearly 6 Years

Updated: 06/19/2014 12:30 PM
Created: 06/19/2014 10:12 AM WDIO.com

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 percent in May, down one-tenth from April and the lowest it's been since October 2008.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that Wisconsin lost 400 private sector jobs between April and May.

The numbers are based on a survey of roughly 3.5 percent of the state's employers and subject to significant revisions.

More reliable numbers are released quarterly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but they lag the monthly figures. The latest BLS release, which also came Thursday, covered the calendar year 2013 and showed Wisconsin was 37th nationally in new job creation.

That report showed the state added 28,141 private sector jobs last year, the lowest annual total in the first three years of Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

Wisconsin 37th in Job Creation Last Year

Wisconsin ranks 37th in private sector job creation and lags the national average in job growth.

That is according to data covering 2013 released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The numbers show Wisconsin had 1.2 percent job growth in 2013, ranking it 37th nationwide. The national growth rate was 2.1 percent.

Wisconsin was 35th in the previous report covering the 12-months ending in September.

The state created 28,141 private sector jobs in 2013. That is the lowest annual number of jobs created over the first three years of Gov. Scott Walker's term. To date, about 101,000 private sector jobs have been added, short of Walker's promise to add 250,000 by the end of this year.

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