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Wisconsin's jobless rate falls to 6.1% in January

MADISON, WI (WTAQ0 - Wisconsin's unemployment rate went down by another two-tenths of a percent in January.

The new figure is 6.1 percent, the state's lowest since November of 2008 when the Great Recession was just starting to tighten its grip.

The state Department of Workforce Development did not indicate that Wisconsin added any new private sector jobs in January. However, the monthly job estimates are often subject to heavy revisions -- and we may not know the true story for another month or so.

The January data was put out a month later than normal. That's because the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics takes time to review the previous year's job data, with updated benchmarks.

The state's report also noted that Wisconsin created 106,100 private sector jobs in the three years ending last December. That's the time period that Governor Scott Walker has been in office.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)