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WI Unemployment Rates


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 Madison, WI (AP)--Wisconsin's unemployment rate continues to improve, nudging down to 7.4 percent in January. That's 1 1/2 points better than the national unemployment rate.

 The numbers released Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Development show slight improvement. The department says Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted rate in December was 7.5 percent, and was 9.2 percent in January of last year.

Wisconsin's unemployment rate is significantly better than the national average. The department says the seasonally adjusted U.S. rate was 9.0 percent in January, an improvement from 9.4 percent. Wisconsin's job gains were mostly in the private sector.

The DWD says the private sector added 10,100 jobs for the month. It says the public sector lost 3,900 jobs, including 3,600 state government jobs.

The department says there are 27,000 job listings posted at www.JobCenterofWisconsin.com.

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