Wisconsin unemployment rate up for fifth straight month

The U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.3% in May, according to Labor Department numbers published Friday.

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is up for a fifth straight month and half a percentage point since a record low in May.

The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that unemployment in October was 3.3%. That is up from 3.2% the month before and 2.8% in April and May. That tied a record low for the state.

The October rate is also three-tenths of a point ahead of where it was a year ago. But it remains below the national unemployment rate of 3.6%.

Wisconsin lost 1,100 private-sector jobs between September and October. The state was up 17,200 private-sector jobs over the same point last year.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.