State unemployment nearing record low

Wisconsin’s unemployment rate hit 3.1% in May and is nearing the historical low of 3.0%, which occurred in 1999.

Figures released by the Department of Workforce Development also note that the labor force participation rate also increased slightly, by 0.2%, to 68.8%.

Preliminary data shows the state adding 40,400 total non-farm jobs and 30,700 private-sector jobs between May 2016 and May 2017.