Wisconsin unemployment rate at lowest point in 15 years

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in 15 years.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that the unemployment rate dropped to from 4.4 percent in April to 4.2 percent in May.

That's the lowest it's been since March 2001.

The national unemployment rate was 4.7 percent last month.

The report found that the state added 9,700 jobs over the past month.

A Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday showed pessimism about the state's economy.

The poll says 29 percent of respondents think Wisconsin's economy got worse over the past year while 25 percent say it improved and 44 percent think it has remained about the same.

Gov. Scott Walker blamed the poll results on the media, saying "headlines are always about negative and bad things."