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Wisconsin’s unemployment rate hit a record low in April of 2.8%, state workforce officials announced.

The rate is seasonally adjusted and based on preliminary estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The previous record had been 2.9% in the two preceding months, and for a brief stretch in early 2018.

The national unemployment rate was 3.6% in April — down from 3.8% in March.

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The number of Wisconsinites counted as unemployed in April stood at 88,100, also a record low since that number began being tracked in 1976.

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has trended steadily downward since the Great Recession, reaching lows in recent months that previously seemed impossible.

The state added 17,000 private-sector jobs in April from a year ago, while adding 15,100 total non-farm jobs over the same time-period, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.

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