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Wisconsin has been in the bottom half of the country for 12-month job growth percentage in seven of the last 12 months.

Wisconsin posted a loss of 300 private-sector jobs in June, the third time in the last four months that the state's job estimate was off from the month earlier.

And the state remained in the bottom half of the country when it comes to job growth rate over the last year.

Wisconsin ranked 31st in the country with a 1.49 percent change in job level from June 2014 to June 2015 in preliminary, seasonally adjusted estimates by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In those 12 months, the state's job total increased by 36,200.

Among Wisconsin's neighbors, Michigan and Minnesota posted better years in terms of job growth rate, while Iowa and Illinois did worse.

Part of the drop in jobs in June was in a downturn in the state's construction industry, which lost a combined 6,300 jobs between April and June.

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The figures come from the Current Employment Statistics program, which samples a small number of employers monthly to make estimates on the state of the economy.

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Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.