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Jobless rate drops in Wausau, Stevens Point


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – The Wausau metro area added more than a thousand jobs last month as service providing companies put at least 800 people back to work.

That helped push the seasonally unadjusted local jobless rate down from 9 percent in April to 8.2 percent last month. The unemployment rate also fell in the state's 11 other metro areas.

However, the city of Wausau ranked third in the state with the highest local unemployment rate. It dropped a full percentage point from 12.7 percent in April to 11.7 percent in May. Only Beloit and Racine had higher local jobless rates.

Stevens Point is the only other central Wisconsin city with a population of more than 25,000 where unemployment fell. The rate in Point stands at 8.3 percent, down from 8.9 percent in April.