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Wisconsin's jobless rate falls in August

Unemployment graphic (Reuters)
Unemployment graphic (Reuters)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's unemployment rate went down slightly in August -- but not necessarily because more people found jobs. 

Officials said Thursday that the seasonally-adjusted statewide jobless rate was 6.3 percent for last month. That's down one-tenth of a point from July. 

More Wisconsinites gave up looking for work and dropped out of the labor force -- thus making people with jobs a higher percentage of the workforce that's listed.  

About 6,000 people dropped out in August, leaving 68 percent of state residents in the labor force -- two-tenths of a percent less than in July. 

Meanwhile, preliminary figures show that 7,300 private sector jobs were created in the Badger State last month. However, those numbers are subject to heavy revisions because of the small sample of employers surveyed for the monthly updates -- just 3.5 percent. 

For now, officials said 3,300 construction jobs were added in the past month. Job increases were also reported for professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality. 

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