MADISON (WKOW) -- While the unemployment rate increased to 7 percent in January, Wisconsin added 12,400 private sector jobs.
The latest numbers were reported by the state Department of Workforce Development Thursday. Private sector jobs increased, however, government jobs decreased by 10,600. The department says the large drop in government jobs is likely due to a timing issue related to the UW-Madison System's payroll schedule.
The numbers are based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of businesses and subject to significant revision.
The unemployment rate increased from 6.7 percent to 7 percent, but remains below the national rate of 7.9 percent.
The most reliable data showing how many jobs were created in 2012 is expected to be released this summer.
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