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Wisconsin unemployment improves for fourth straight month (2:47 p.m. 10/15/09)

Madison (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has improved for the fourth straight month.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, the rate declined 0.7 percentage points in September from the previous month.

The state unemployment rate is now 7.7 percent. That’s lower than the national average of 9.5 percent, which improved only 0.1 percentage points from the previous month.

Wisconsin’s rate equals its lowest of the year, but it’s still well above where it was a year ago. The state unemployment rate in September 2008 was 4.2 percent.

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