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Wis. unemployment inches up to 8.8 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate inched up in March, but state labor officials said there were gains in manufacturing jobs.

The state’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate in March was 8.8 percent, up 0.1 percent from February. That compares with a national seasonally adjusted rate of 9.7 percent.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Roberta Gassman said there was evidence of a slow, but steady economic recovery with Wisconsin adding 2,500 manufacturing jobs in March.

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