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Wisconsin adds 12,400 private jobs in January

8:44 PM, Mar. 14, 2013  |  Comments
In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 photo, Ann Oganesian, left, of Newton, Mass., pauses as she speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston. U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 photo, Ann Oganesian, left, of Newton, Mass., pauses as she speaks with a State Department employee about job opportunities with the federal government during a job fair in Boston. U.S. employers ramped up hiring in February, adding 236,000 jobs and pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.7 percent from 7.9 percent in January. Stronger hiring shows businesses are confident about the economy, despite higher taxes and government spending cuts. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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MADISON - Wisconsin has added 12,400 private sector jobs in January while the unemployment rate increased to 7 percent.

The latest numbers were reported Thursday by the state Department of Workforce Development.

The report shows the state added 12,400 private sector jobs in January while government jobs decreased by 10,600. The department says the large drop in government jobs is likely due to a timing issue related to the University of Wisconsin System's payroll schedule.

Those numbers are based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of businesses and subject to significant revision.

The unemployment rate increased from 6.7 percent to 7 percent, but remains below the national rate of 7.9 percent.

The most reliable data showing how many jobs were created in 2012 is scheduled to be released in June.

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