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Unemployment down in Wisconsin's metro-areas

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  All 12 Wisconsin metro areas report a decrease in their actual unemployment rates from March to April. New jobless figures which are not seasonally-adjusted ranged from 4-percent in the Madison area to 7.4-percent in Racine.

All but two counties also reported decreases in their unadjusted rates for the month. Menominee and Iron counties had the increases. The home of the Menominee Indian Reservation has 15.7-percent unemployment, highest in the state. Dane County, which includes Madison, has the lowest rate at 3.8-percent.

The statewide adjusted jobless rate was 5.8-percent in April, the lowest since the Great Recession took hold in 2008.

Wisconsin had added just over 100,000 private sector jobs since the start of Governor Scott Walker's term. He promised 250,000, but a recent Marquette Law School poll showed that a good share of Walker voters will let that slide.

We'll find out next month how Wisconsin's job growth compares to other states as of the end of 2013. Through last September, Wisconsin had the nation's 35th slowest job growth on a year-to-year percentage basis. Democrats are pounding Walker with that figure, but voter perceptions appear to favor the Republican governor. In a new Marquette poll released yesterday, 51-percent said the Badger State either kept up with other states in job creation, or were ahead of others. Only 43-percent said the state was lagging behind.