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Wisconsin’s Dec. Unemployment Stats

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 at 6:12 am

MADISON – Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today that Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for December was 5.8 percent, up 0.5 percentage points from 5.3 percent in November and 1.2 percentage points up from the 4.6 percent rate in December of 2007. The nation’s unadjusted rate for December was 7.1 percent, up 0.6 percentage points from November, and up 2.3 percentage points from December 2007.

“We continue to see further impact from the national recession that began a year ago: a higher unemployment rate and lower job counts across most industries,” Secretary Gassman said. “While our rate is below the national unemployment rate, we face major challenges. With a talented workforce and diverse economy, we will get through this. At DWD, we will do all that we can to strengthen Wisconsin’s workforce, connect employers and skilled workers, and help spur an economic recovery.”

From November to December, total Wisconsin non-farm jobs decreased by an estimated 33,600 to 2,833,400. Private sector jobs shrank by 28,000. Construction was down 10,900 jobs and Professional and Business Services were down 6,200 in December compared to November.

Over the year, December 2008 showed a decline of 62,600 Wisconsin non-farm jobs. Manufacturing was down 26,500, while the Professional and Business Services sector was down 14,200 over the year. The Educational and Health Services sector added 5,900 over the year.

The December survey of Wisconsin households showed 25,000 fewer employed compared to November and 36,400 fewer employed than one year ago.

Adjusted Data

The seasonally adjusted Wisconsin unemployment rate for December 2008 was 6.2 percent, up 0.6 percentage points from November 2008 and up 1.4 percentage points from December 2007.

Total state employment was down 16,600 from last month, and down 37,800 compared to one year ago.

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