- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state’s unemployment rate improved slightly last month, nudging down a tenth of a percentage point to 6.2 percent.

The state Department of Workforce Development released its latest figures Thursday. They show the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in December was half a percentage point better than the national rate of 6.7 percent.

The state gained a net of 6,200 nonfarm jobs during the month. About 3,200 were in professional and business services, 1,600 were in manufacturing and 1,300 were in leisure and hospitality.

But there were 2,600 job losses in construction and 2,200 jobs lost in financial activities.

The December numbers are preliminary and subject to revision.

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