Wisconsin lost 2,900 private sector jobs in January and the state’s unemployment rate declined to 3%, according to figures released by the Department of Workforce Development.

Data for employment in various industries and the unemployment rate comes from two separate surveys, allowing for a decline in both employment and the unemployment rate.

The decline in jobs, which comes from a survey of employers, was driven primarily by the loss of 3,200 jobs in the state’s health care and social assistance sector. Durable goods manufacturing in Wisconsin also lost 2,100 jobs and professional and business services dropped by 1,400.

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