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You must be reading this at work: Wisconsin metro areas adding jobs

Dana Bennett, who has been unemployed since October 2009, marches in a rally organized by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project on Wednesday. Bennett and others attended the rally to call on congress to extend emergency unemployment benefits and COBRA health care subsidies for the jobless. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Dana Bennett, who has been unemployed since October 2009, marches in a rally organized by the Philadelphia Unemployment Project on Wednesday. More Wisconsinites went back to work last month as 71 out of 72 counties reported lower unemployment rates versus April. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State statistics show all 12 metropolitan areas of Wisconsin added jobs and reported drops in their unemployment rate in May.

According to the Department of Workforce Development, the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area added 5,700 jobs in the month while the Madison area added 4,500. The 10 others added jobs, too.

Meanwhile, 71 out of 72 counties reported decreases in the local unemployment rate.

Wisconsin’s overall unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent in May, its lowest level in more than a year.

DWD Secretary Roberta Gassman called the statistics a sign of economic recovery, but said there is much more work to be done to help the unemployed.

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