Wisconsin Unemployment Numbers Released

Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 7:52 am

Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 7.8 percent, up from 7.6 percent in June, with the state losing 12,500 private sector jobs.

State labor officials said Thursday that the public sector gained 4,300 jobs for a net loss of 8,200. The rate was down from 8.2 percent in July 2010.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Scott Baumbach tells the Associated Press that national and international factors likely contributed to the decline. A month ago the state touted a net jobs gain of 9,500 jobs. He said wild market fluctuations during the debt ceiling negotiations and other factors contributed to uncertainty that “may very well have affected Wisconsin’s job numbers.”

The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.1 percent, down slightly from 9.2 percent in June and down from 9.5 percent in July 2010 meaning it’s still easier to find a job in Wisconsin than it is in most other parts of the country.

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