Wisconsin unemployment dips to 7.0 percent

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's unemployment rate has improved slightly, dipping a fraction of a percentage point to 7.0 percent last month. That's down from 7.1 percent in April and unchanged from May of last year. The national rate is 7.6 percent.

The state Department of Workforce Development released the latest federal figures Thursday. The numbers are from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wisconsin's leisure and hospitality industry gained a net of 19,200 jobs from April to May. The construction industry added 10,500 jobs over that same period.

The biggest drop came in government positions. From April to May there were 7,400 fewer state employees and 100 fewer federal employees in Wisconsin. About 2,400 jobs in local government were added during that same time.

The May numbers are preliminary and subject to revision.

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