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Green Bay metro area Sept. jobless rate lowest since end of 2008


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay metro area jobless rate falls below six percent, the first time since December of 2008. 

Preliminary numbers from the Department of Workforce Development show September's not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.7%.  A decline of eight-tenths of a percent from August. 

DWD Labor Market Analyst Jeff Sachse says the decline was because of a drop in all three components for the jobless rate; the labor force, number of employed and the number of un-employed. 

There was a net loss of 1,500 private sector jobs with the public sector adding 800 jobs. 

Losing job sectors were Leisure and hospitality, construction, manufacturing and retail trade.

The Green Bay Metropolitan Area is Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto Counties.