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Wis. August unemployment rate is 7.9 percent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s seasonally adjusted August unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, up from 7.8 percent in July.

State labor officials said Thursday the total number of jobs decreased by 2,300 from July to August, including 800 in the private sector.

But there was a net gain of 1,200 jobs in goods production and the sector has gained more than 16,000 jobs since December 2010.

Department of Workforce Development Secretary Scott Baumbach said even though Wisconsin had a slight drop in private-sector jobs, it had a net gain of nearly 30,000 jobs this year, which is stronger than the national average.

He said he expects to see continued improvement in the long term.

The U.S. seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 9.1 percent, unchanged from July and down from 9.6 percent in August 2010.

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