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Wis. unemployment drops to 7.9 percent in June


MADISON (AP) -- Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped to 7.9 percent in June, even though the state lost 1,000 seasonally adjusted jobs for the month.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the seasonally adjusted rate dropped from 8.2 percent in May. That is the lowest since February 2009 when the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent.

The unemployment rate and jobs numbers are calculated separately, which can sometimes lead to incongruities like the state losing jobs while unemployment improves.

The state says 7,200 government jobs were lost due largely to the completion of Census work and end-of-school-year jobs.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate remains below the national seasonally adjusted average of 9.5 percent.

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