Wisconsin added an estimated 10,000 private sector jobs in July with most of the increase coming from gains in accommodation and food service, according to data released Thursday by the Department of Workforce Development.

At the same time, the state’s unemployment rate did increase by a tenth of a percent to 3%, which is still near a record low.

The two data points come from separate surveys used for monthly labor market reports. Private sector job totals are measured by a survey of employers while figures on unemployment are based on a survey of households.

July’s job gains in Wisconsin were the strongest for the state since February, which saw the addition of 24,900 jobs, and marked just the fourth month with a gain of at least 10,000 since November 2020.

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