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Wisconsin's unemployment rate drops to 5.8% in May

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped for the ninth month in a row.

State officials said Thursday that the seasonally adjusted jobless rate was 5.8 percent. That's down one-tenth of a point from April, and it's more than a half-percent below the national rate of 6.3.

Preliminary figures showed that Wisconsin has added around 38,000 private sector jobs over the last year, and 116,000 since Governor Scott Walker first took office at the start of 2011. That's far below Walker's campaign promise of 250,000 new private sector jobs during his four-year term.

However, new charts from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show that Wisconsin's job growth has lagged for much of the last decade under both Walker and former Democratic Governor Jim Doyle.

The federal government reported Thursday that the Badger State created 28,000 jobs during 2013, a gain of 1.2 percent throughout the year. That was the 37th slowest job growth in the 50 states on a percentage basis, down from 35th in the last report three months ago.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)