Wisconsin’s unemployment rate decreased for the third straight month in June, according to new figures from the Department of Workforce Development.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Wisconsin was 7.9-percent last month, down from 8.2-percent in May and well below the June 2009 rate of 8.9-percent.
With seasonal adjustments, Wisconsin lost about 1,000 private sector jobs, but added 3,800 positions in trade and 500 in construction. Nearly 7,200 government jobs were lost, due largely to the completion of the US Census and the end of the school year.
Without accounting for seasonal factors, unemployment actually increased in June. It was up to 8.1-percent from 7.7-percent in May. Similar increases are seen each year with the end of school and students looking for summer jobs.
Unemployment in Wisconsin remains below the national rate of 9.5-percent.