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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.

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.

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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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