Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.5%

The Wisconsin economy’s labor market improved during June as its seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 8.5% and the state added 99,300 private sector jobs during the month according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released today by the state Department of Workforce Development.

The state’s unemployment rate improved significantly from May when it was 12.1%, according to revised data, and is well below the national rate of 11.1%

The state’s leisure and hospitality sector added 47,700 jobs in June, the retail trade sector added 16,400 and the educational and health services sector added 12,900.

The state’s labor force participation rate is 65.7%, down from 67% a year ago.