MADISON (AP) - Wisconsin labor officials say the state added 12,500 jobs in January.
Data the Department of Workforce Development released Thursday shows the state added 15,700 jobs but lost 3,200 government jobs.
The state's unemployment rate fell slightly, from 7 percent in December to 6.9 percent in January. The agency cautioned the figures were preliminary but said unemployment was at its lowest since December 2008.
Gov. Scott Walker, who has promised to create 250,000 jobs during his first term and faces a potential recall election this summer, welcomed the numbers.
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Firefighters are battling a house fire in Kewaunee County.
Wind, snow, cold and ice played a role as firefighters battled a fire in downtown Ripon Wednesday morning.
Outagamie County's second largest employer is expanding, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
The State Building Commission has approved $5 million to help build the Wisconsin Maritime Center of Excellence in Marinette.
Fond du Lac police have released more information about the weapons they found in the apartment of a man who was at the center of a five-hour standoff on Monday.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is announcing a public meeting has been scheduled to provide road closure and design information for the Velp Avenue interchange area.