Wisconsin added 900 private sector jobs in May, but the state’s unemployment rate rose to 6.8 percent from 6.7 percent in April, according to the latest report of seasonally adjusted data released today by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Private sector jobs in Wisconsin increased to 2,326,800 in May from 2,325,900 in April.
Total non-farm jobs in the state rose 2,600, including a rise of 1,700 government jobs.
The number of first-time claims for unemployment benefits in the state rose last week to 10,997, up from 9,733 in the prior week, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
The number of people who applied for first-time unemployment benefits last week rose again nationally, the federal government reported today.
Nationally, jobless claims climbed by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 386,000 in the week ended June 9, the U.S. Labor Department said. Claims from two weeks ago were revised up to 380,000 from an original reading of 377,000, based on more complete data collected at the state level.
The U.S. unemployment rate rose in May to 8.2 percent, its first increase in nearly a year.