Wisconsin lost 7,000 private sector jobs in May but the state’s labor force participation rate improved and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 2.4%, on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to the latest figures from the state Department of Workforce Development.

The employment decline was primarily driven by the seasonally adjusted loss of 5,100 jobs in the accommodation and food services sector. Nondurable goods manufacturing also shed 2,700 positions, transportation, warehousing and utilities lost 1,500 jobs and financial activities and health care and social assistance both shed 1,200 jobs each.

Those losses were partially offset by a gain of 3,400 positions in retail trade and 1,200 jobs in arts, entertainment and recreation.

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