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Green Bay metro area jobless rate falls in May, as summer hiring begins


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The Green Bay Metropolitan Area unemployment went down in May. 

The Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate was 6.2%, down half a percent from April.  That’s based on a household survey and is not seasonally adjusted.

Last May, the jobless rate 6.5%. 

Summer hiring is in full swing with an estimated 2,200 jobs added.  Leisure and hospitality, construction and manufacturing led the way. 

The jobs data is preliminary and typically sees revision in the months to come as more complete data becomes available. 

DWD Labor Market Analyst Jeff Sachse says there were no industry sectors that reported a decrease in employment.

"There were a number that went unchanged, but we saw no negative numbers in this report which is a very positive sign" Sachse said. 

The unemployment rate is data from Brown, Kewaunee and Oconto Counties.