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Unemployment rate slightly lower

Unemployment image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Unemployment image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  All 12 Wisconsin metro areas saw their unemployment rates go down in May, compared to the month before.

Racine and Eau Claire had the biggest drops, at seven-tenths of a percent each. Racine still had the state’s highest unadjusted jobless rate at 8.4-percent. Madison had the lowest at 5-percent. Metro Milwaukee was at 7.3, down two-tenths from April. Milwaukee gained an estimated 3,900 jobs during May, while Madison lost a reported 5,000 jobs and Oshkosh-Neenah lost 1,400.

The job numbers are seasonally-adjusted, and state officials question their accuracy. That’s because they’re based on surveys of three-and-a-half percent of Wisconsin employers. The figures often get heavily revised later on.

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