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Wisconsinites seeking first unemployment checks is down from week before

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The numbers of laid-off Wisconsinites seeking their first unemployment checks were down last week from the week before.

The U.S. Labor Department said Wisconsin had just more than 18,000 new requests for jobless benefits, about 1,500 fewer than the previous week.

Wisconsin had the nation's 14th-largest decrease, but the number of claims was still doubled from the same week the year before.

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