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Wisconsin unemployment drops

File photo of a man looking at employment opportunities at a jobs center in San Francisco
File photo of a man looking at employment opportunities at a jobs center in San Francisco

UNDATED (MetroSource-WRN) Wisconsin's unemployment rate continues to move lower, dropping a tenth of a percent to 5.8-percent in April. The Department of Workforce Development notes it's the ninth straight month the jobless rate has fallen in the state.

Figures submitted by the state to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Wisconsin added just over 28,000 private sector jobs in 2013.

It’s the lowest rate of growth for the state since Scott Walker took office, bringing the total number of job created during the governor’s first three years in office to just under 92,000. That’s less than half of the 250,000 private sector jobs Walker promised to help create while running for governor in 2010.

The estimates are based on records from 96 percent of Wisconsin businesses. Federal officials will issue a report in June that verifies the data and that will show how Wisconsin stacked up against other states in 2013 for private sector job growth.

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