Stateís jobless rate inches up, matching national change

Freeman Staff

August 14, 2014

MADISON ó Wisconsinís unemployment rate inched up in July to 5.8 percent from 5.7 percent in June, even as the state added 3,200 private sector jobs.

The increase in unemployment rate matched the national rate, which bumped up to 6.2 percent form 6.1 percent.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said the comparison to last year, when the stateís unemployment rate was 6.8 percent shows statistically significant gains. In particular, he highlighted better employment numbers in durable goods manufacturing.

Other positive data Newson pointed to included average unemployment insurance claims being at their lowest levels since 2000 and Wisconsinís per capita personal income growth ranking seventh in the nation for 2013.