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State added 12,500 jobs in January


MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) – Wisconsin's jobless rate fell in January to its lowest level in three years.

The seasonally adjusted jobless rate went from 7 percent in December to 6.9 percent in January. The jobless rate a year ago was 7.7 percent. The last time the jobless rate was at 6.9 percent was in December 2008.

The state workforce development department also reported Thursday that the state added 12,500 jobs in January with gains in every sector except for the government, which lost 3,200 jobs. The private sector added 15,700 jobs. An estimated 1,600 more people had a job in January compared to the month before; an estimated 3,300 fewer people were jobless.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also revised its December figures, showing that the state added 400 jobs in December and that the private sector lost only 300 jobs compared to the 3,900 jobs that was initially reported.

Local jobless numbers are due out next Wednesday.