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A worker leaves the the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee. Gov. Tony Evers asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 to issue a major disaster declaration for the state of Wisconsin due to the coronavirus pandemic, as unemployment claims hit a daily high and the state's health secretary warned lawmakers that Medicaid enrollments were going to increase dramatically. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

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(The Center Square) – New unemployment claims increased slightly in Wisconsin last week, but overall total unemployment  decreased, in alignment with a national trend reported by the U.S. Department of Labor.

The week-over-week numbers reported for Wisconsin the week ending July 4 show 27,487 new initial claims, an increase of 2,562 initial unemployment claims from the previous week’s 24,925 new claims.

Total unemployment claims in Wisconsin for the week ending July 4 were at 219,797, down 3,100 from the previous week’s 222,897 claims.

The DOL also reported an estimated 1.3 million new national unemployment claims were filed in the week ending July 4, down 99,000 new claims from the previous week ending June 27.

According to nationwide DOL numbers, U.S. unemployment claims fell by 698,000 from the previous week. Continued claims still hover around the 18.1 million unemployment mark, or approximately 12.4 percent national unemployment.

This article originally ran on thecentersquare.com.

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