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Officials say Wisconsin added 12,500 jobs in January

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MADISON (AP) -

Wisconsin labor officials say the state added 12,500 jobs in January.

Data the Department of Workforce Development released Thursday shows the state added 15,700 jobs but lost 3,200 government jobs.

The state's unemployment rate fell slightly, from 7 percent in December to 6.9 percent in January. The agency cautioned the figures were preliminary but said unemployment was at its lowest since December 2008.

The new numbers were good news for Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has promised to create 250,000 jobs during his first term and faces a potential recall election this summer.

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New data from state labor officials show Wisconsin added only 6,000 private-sector jobs during the first 13 months of Gov. Scott Walker's administration.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, the state finished December 2010 with 2,323,600 jobs. Data the agency released Thursday shows the state finished January with 2,329,600 jobs.

Walker took office in January 2011 promising to create 250,000 private-sector jobs during his first term.

The DWD figures show the state added 12,500 private sector jobs in January 2012 but those are balanced against job losses during the past year. The state unemployment rate dipped from 7 percent in December 2011 to 6.9 percent in January.

 

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