Wisconsin lost 12,500 jobs last year, ranking it tops among all states in lost jobs, according to revised numbers released Tuesday by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The numbers reflect non-farm jobs measured in January 2011 and this January. Just five other states registered an overall job loss in the period, with Wisconsin's losses far outflanking everyone else. Missouri was next at 4,100 jobs lost.
The numbers came after a report last week that showed some reason for optimism in the state's economy, with the state unemployment rate dropping to 6.9 percent, its lowest point since December 2008.
According to data from the Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin added 15,700 private sector jobs in January but lost 3,200 government jobs for a net gain of 12,500.