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Wisconsin is expected to take in about as much revenue this year than officials predicted before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dennis Winters, the department's chief economist, said he anticipates the state's rebound to continue, based largely on how quickly residents are vaccinated and become comfortable returning to more normal activities.
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Wisconsin's unemployment rate for August was 6.2%, down from July's revised rate of 7.1%.
Also on Thursday, DWD reported the state's unemployment rate fell from 12.1% in May to 8.5% last month.
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The poll also found former Vice President Joe Biden widening his lead over President Donald Trump in the state and a declining concern among Wisconsinites over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also on Tuesday, the state launched a new online portal to help connect Wisconsinites with health insurance options, which could provide assistance to anyone who has lost their employer-based benefits due to pandemic-related layoffs.
All told, Wisconsin added just shy of 75,000 total non-farm jobs and another 72,100 private sector jobs from April to May of this year, DWD reports.
As unemployment claims slow statewide in New Jersey, the wreckage of business closings due to the COVID-19 pandemic remains increasingly clear in deep South Jersey.
Just over 728,000 of the approximately 2.4 million claims received between March 15 and May 23 remained unpaid.
In April 2019, the state had recorded its lowest unemployment rate ever at 2.8%, and it was 3.1% in March.
The figures are stark evidence of the damage the coronavirus has done to a now-shattered economy.
More than 30 million sought aid in the previous six weeks after the coronavirus forced employers across the country to close.
"The only numbers that even approach this, with any history that we have, would be the Great Depression, and even that number is a little nebulous," said Dennis Winters, chief economist with DWD.