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Report: 6,000 private-sector jobs lost in October; Wisconsin unemployment 6.9%

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UNDATED (WSAU)  Wisconsin lost an estimated 6,000 private sector jobs in October. That’s according to the federal government’s monthly job data released yesterday by state officials. The report said 1,500 government jobs were also lost during October – but the state’s unemployment rate still managed to fall to 6.9percent, four-tenths lower than in September.

Also yesterday the state released more comprehensive job data that it submits to federal officials for a quarterly report that won’t come out until early January. That report said Wisconsin gained over 3,500 private sector jobs during the year ending in June.

The Walker administration is the first to highlight the quarterly figures, as critics hold the Republican governor to his promise to create a quarter-million private sector jobs during his entire four-year term. Almost 28,000 jobs were created in Walker’s first year in office.

Walker’s team has also criticized the accuracy of the monthly federal data. Those reports are based on surveys of just three-and-a-half percent of employers – while the less timely quarterly data represents a complete survey. The monthly figures are often subject to large revisions.

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