Wisconsin’s unemployment rate reached 2.9 percent in February, the lowest monthly level in state history, according to the Department of Workforce Development.
The employment milestone provides a boost for Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he runs for a third term in November. When Walker took office in January 2011 the state’s unemployment rate was 8 percent as the country recovered from the worst recession since the Great Depression.
“Wisconsin is literally working as more people are employed today than ever before in our history,” Walker said. “This is a big win for Wisconsin!”
The figure is preliminary, meaning it could change as more data are collected for February. The preliminary unemployment rate in December was 3 percent, which tied the previous record set in May, June and July 1999, before it was adjusted up to 3.2 percent earlier this month.
Read more at The Wisconsin State Journal….