WisBusiness: February unemployment rate up


Wisconsin’s unemployment rate climbed to 5.8 percent in February, up
three-tenths of a point from Januaray, state Department of Workforce
Development Secretary Roberta Gassman announced today.

She said the unadjusted rate was the same as last February. And she blamed
“an especially difficult winter” for holding jobs down.

Total Wisconsin non-farm jobs increased 4,100 from January 2008 to February
2008, to 2.8 million. Private sector jobs fell over-the-month by 6,100, led
by a drop of 1,900 in construction jobs and 1,800 in manufacturing jobs.

Government jobs were up 10,300, led by local government, which added 6,100,
and state government, which added 4,200, as public schools and universities
resumed classes after winter break.

The national rate was 5.2 percent in February compared to 5.4 percent in
January and 4.9 percent in February 2007.

See release: http://www.wisbusiness.com/index.iml?Article=121492