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State’s unemployment rate unchanged in March

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate stayed the same last month, though it’s an improvement compared to the same period last year.

According to a Department of Workforce Development report issued Thursday, the seasonally adjusted rate was 7.4 percent in March. Unemployment has hovered at that rate since January. The rate is 1.6 percentage points better than in March 2010.

Wisconsin added more than 9,100 jobs from February to March. The private sector gained a net of 9,800 jobs, led by growth in manufacturing and health care, which both gained 2,800 jobs over the last month. The public sector lost 700 jobs.

Unemployment nationwide improved slightly to 8.8 percent, down from 8.9 percent in February. The figure is almost a full point better than the national figure from this time last year, which was 9.7 percent.

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