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Unemployment rate increases in Wisconsin

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Labor officials release the state's job numbers for August.

The state Department of Workforce Development says Wisconsin's preliminary unemployment rate for August was 7.5 percent. That's up .2 percent from July, but still below the national average of 8.1 percent.

The DWD also adjusted the private-sector job number for July by adding 4,300 jobs.

The agency says the numbers are based on a survey of just 3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses.

The numbers are subject to significant revision month to month.

Since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011, about 19,000 jobs have been created, according to the latest figures. He promised to create 250,000 jobs by 2015.

 

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