Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to three-point-four percent, the lowest in 17 years.
The seasonally adjusted rate for March dropped by three-tenths-of-one-percent from February. A survey of almost one-thousand households estimates that total employment for the month grew by 16-thousand -- but the federal government's limited survey of employers only showed an increase of 500 private sector jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis. During the past couple years, Walker has used the unemployment rate to brag about the state's job growth, as federal figures show that Wisconsin continues to lag behind other states in the percentage of year to year growth in private sector jobs. Wisconsin's unemployment is more than one-percent below the national jobless rate, and the Republican Walker says its shows that the state's doing "positive things" but more needs to be done.