Thursday, March 28, 2013

Will Scott Walker's Jobs Record Snuff Presidential Ambitions?

The final numbers are out, and it's just as we suspected. It's all Scott Walker's fault...really.

Under Gov. Doyle, Wisconsin’s jobs picture looked good. According to jsonline’s Craig Gilbert:
In 2010, it outperformed the nation as a whole and ranked 11 among the 50 states in private-sector job growth.
Scott Walker loves to blame Doyle for all the Great Recession job losses, and the press lets him. But as you can see below, before Walker, Doyle and the Democratic legislature were ranked 11th in job creation. From March 2010 to March 2011, Wisconsin beat the national average:

Stop digging Scott, we're already
down to 44th place in priv
Nor is it welcome news for Gov. Scott Walker, who campaigned on a promise of 250,000 additional private sector jobs in his first term … Wisconsin ranked 11th among the 50 states in 2010 in private-sector job growth.
Enter Scott Walker:
But it dropped to 38 in 2011. For example, between 2004 and 2007, private-sector job growth was slower in Wisconsin than in the U.S. as a whole, and the state ranked anywhere from 30 to 42 annually. In 2008 and 2009, Wisconsin ranked closer to the middle. But in 2011, Wisconsin fell well behind the national rate of private-sector growth, ranking 38. And its more recent rankings have been worse.
This is how Walker’s vision of a purely ideological economy works. It doesn't. 

Oh how the mighty have fallen in job creation, from 11th to 44th...


  1. I found a minor bug in the BLS beta site: job growth is rounded first to the nearest 0.1%, then when you order it state name (ascending) is used as a tiebreaker. So Wisconsin is occasionally tiebroken downwards in the rankings below states that we actually did better than.

    I've pulled the source data and recomputed that in 2010 we were in 11th place (as reported), in 2011 we were in 35th place (not 38th, as reported), in June 2011 - June 2012 we were in 39th place (not 42nd, as reported) and in the latest release we were accurately reported as being 44th in private sector job growth.

    Here's a chart to commiserate over:

  2. Thanks for the analysis, I'll check the chart out.