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Construction leads job gains in state’s unemployment report

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate in February is unchanged from January at 8.7 percent.

The seasonally adjusted rate announced Wednesday by the state Department of Workforce Development is below the national rate of 9.7 percent.

The department reports that Wisconsin added jobs in February for the second straight month. The state added 5,200 jobs in February, based on seasonally adjusted numbers.

Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman said the numbers show that Wisconsin is moving toward economic recovery.

The largest job gains were reported in construction, manufacturing, and administrative and support services.

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