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Wisconsin unemployment rate increases to 4.6 percent

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's unemployment rate increased to 4.6 percent in May, up from 4.4 percent in April.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported the latest figures Thursday. The state came in below the national unemployment rate of 5.5 percent for the month and the previous year's rate in May, also 5.5 percent. The department also reports that the state lost 6,100 private sector jobs during the month of May.

The latest monthly figures are based on a survey of just 3.5 percent of businesses and considered not as reliable as other data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday.

That report showed Wisconsin ranked 38th nationwide in private-sector job growth in 2014. Wisconsin's private-sector job growth was 1.51 percent, down from 2.6 percent nationwide.

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