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Wisconsin Jobless Rate Continues Falling

Wisconsin's unemployment rate has reached a four-year low.

The rate fell to 4.5 percent in October. That's down two-tenths of a percentage point from September and the lowest since September of 2001. It's also lower than the national 5% rate.

Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman says the rate shows Wisconsin's economy continues to rebound.

Wisconsin's workforce has grown by almost 19,000 jobs over the last year to nearly 2.9 million. That includes strong gains in construction, business, education, health care and tourism.

The state has lost jobs in manufacturing and retail, however.


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