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Unemployment reaches lowest level since 2000, candy maker HARIBO to bring 400 jobs to Wisconsin

Wisconsin’s economy is headed in the right direction under Gov. Scott Walker’s bold conservative leadership, with unemployment falling to 3.7 percent – its lowest level since 2000 – and companies like candy maker HARIBO bringing more jobs to the state.

The double dose of good news for Wisconsin’s hard-working families led to coverage in communities across the state, showing yet again that Gov. Walker’s bold conservative reforms are working. Check out what they’re saying:

CBS News: “[HARIBO] will create at least 400 jobs, according to Governor Scott Walker, who announced the $242 million planned facility during a press conference on Thursday. ‘On behalf of the state, I want to thank HARIBO for its decision to establish its North American manufacturing operations in Kenosha County, and I applaud the company for its commitment to Wisconsin,’ Gov. Walker said. Walker made the announcement after the state Department of Workforce Development said Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in February — the lowest since November of 2000.”

Wisconsin Radio Network: “Wisconsin’s unemployment rate last month fell to its lowest level in more than 16 years. Governor Scott Walker says figures released by the Department of Workforce Development show Wisconsin had a seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month of 3.7 percent…the lowest it’s been since November of 2000.”

Milwaukee Biz Times: “The job market in Wisconsin is off to a good start in 2017. The state’s unemployment rate dipped to 3.7 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data released by the state Department of Workforce Development. … ‘Wisconsin is working,’ Gov. Scott Walker said in a news release. ‘More people are working than ever before in our history, wages are up…’”

Wisconsin Public Radio: “Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.7 percent in February, the lowest it’s been since November of 2000. … Gov. Scott Walker held a capitol news conference to celebrate the news. ‘To put that in perspective, the last time it was this low, Tommy Thompson was still [governor of Wisconsin] and Bill Clinton was still president of the United States,’ Walker said.”

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