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83 hired by state to help deal with increased unemployment claims

Anticipating an increase in unemployment claims, the state of Wisconsin has hired an additional 83 workers to process them.

The new short-term employees have already been hired.

Preliminary figures show Wisconsin lost more than 32,000 jobs in November, compared to the same month in 2007.

Federal funding will pay for salaries for the new workers. The announcement comes at a time when Gov. Jim Doyle is trying to cut 700 state jobs to help deal with a $5.4 billion budget shortfall that is expected.