Wisconsin added 1,500 private sector jobs and the state’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.2% in December, according to the latest preliminary data released by the Department of Workforce Development.

The slight uptick in December leaves the state with 2.1% year-over-year job growth for 2022, which is also the average year-over-year change for the past 12 months. In 2021, Wisconsin averaged year-over-year growth of 2.5%.

The state is still just short of returning to pre-pandemic levels with private sector employment at 99.3% of its February 2020 total, a difference of 18,700 jobs.

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