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Unemployment dips down in Oct. as state loses 9,300 private sector jobs

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Wisconsin lost another 93-hundred private sector jobs in October. It was the fourth straight month of job losses, according to data released today by the state Department of Workforce Development. Officials said there were job cuts in manufacturing, health care, construction, and retail trade last month. Leisure-and-hospitality was among a few sectors in which jobs grew. Government employment was relatively flat. Officials said the public sector had 85-hundred fewer jobs than a year ago, while the private sector gained 14-thousand-500 jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Also, the state’s adjusted unemployment rate for October dropped one-tenth-of-a-percent from September. It’s now at seven-point-seven percent – more than a full point below the national average.

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