jsonline: Wisconsin lost private-sector jobs for the fifth consecutive month in November, the same months that the nation has been adding private-sector jobs, according to a report Thursday from the state Department of Workforce Development. The state lost an estimated 11,700 private-sector jobs in November from October, the deepest since April 2009 when the nation was in the throes of the recession, according to the agency's data.
The government sector, meanwhile, continued to lose jobs at the city and county level … All told, the state lost an estimated 14,600 non-farm jobs when the losses in the private sector are combined with the losses in the public sector.
The unemployment rate showed an improvement to 7.3% in November from 7.7% in October.
The losses continue…
Associated Bank plans to close 21 branches in its three-state territory of Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota within the next few months, the bank said Thursday.