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MILWAUKEE -New federal data confirms Wisconsin is lagging its neighbors when it comes to recovery from the recession.

The U.S. Department of Commerce released its first state-by-state breakdown of consumer spending on Thursday. It shows Wisconsin consumers spent about $34,700 per person in 2012, a 2.5 percent increase from the year before.

While consumers in some Great Lakes states spent less, their spending increased at faster rates.

University of Wisconsin-Madison economist Steven Durlauf says the data are no surprise and confirm what unemployment and other figures have already shown -- Wisconsin is recovering slower than its neighbors. Durlauf says state employment and spending cuts under Gov. Scott Walker have reduced overall demand for goods and failed to stimulate the economy.

Walker's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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