Exactly 217,454 job seekers were registered with the Employment Service and the Mehalev (Wisconsin) Program in May, 2.3 percent less than in the month before in seasonally adjusted terms, the Employment Service said Monday, adding that trend data indicated a 0.2% drop in May and a 0.6% average decrease monthly since the beginning of the year.
While the number of 'hard core' unemployed - those counting more than 270 days out of work - was still down from its late 2005 peak, at 36.2% of the total in May, it was still significantly above January 2002's level of 9.6% of the total. With some 19,300 newly-registered job seekers in May, the bureau received 24,600 employer requests for workers, and made 10,800 job placements.
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