Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Walker's Wisconsin Roaring into 9th Place out of 10 Midwestern States in Private Sector Jobs Growth.

It’s a day for graphics and still more bad news on the Scott Walker jobs front.

The right doesn’t mind the horrific job creation record of Scott Walker. They also feel that if we in the media report the lack of job creation we’re somehow glad it’s so bad. Whatever.

Here’s what we already knew would happen from previous Republicans attempts at deregulation, corporate tax cuts and tort reform. We’re just not giving it enough time, right?  Cap Times' Mike Ivey:
Wisconsin still lags the rest of the Midwest in job growth over the past three years. Wisconsin stands ninth out of 10 Midwestern states in private sector job growth since Gov. Scott Walker took office in January, 2011, according to the most recent Current Employment Statistics (CES) from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

Wisconsin gained 28,351 private-sector jobs in the 12 months from September 2012 through September 2013, a 1.2% increase that ranks the state 35th among the 50 states in the pace of job creation … an essentially unchanged pace of hiring … In the latest count, Wisconsin continued to trail the national rate of job creation, as it has since June 2011. The nation created private-sector jobs at a rate of 2.0% in the latest 12-month period through September, nearly double Wisconsin's 1.2% rate, the data show.

Still, the latest estimates from the BLS show Wisconsin added just 104,100 private sector jobs since Walker took office in January, 2011. That works out to a 4.4 percent increase in the number of jobs, 32nd among all states over the three-year period.


  1. What's the total number of private sector jobs created for Illinois? Their percentage increase for this year may be smaller but I'm thinking that's on a much larger base.

    1. That's true. Illinois added around 42,000 private-sector jobs, while Wisconsin only added 28,000. But because states differ so much in population, it's fairer to compare by percentage growth

  2. I realize that a fair comparison would be by percentages, but these numbers are mixed up in a game of rhetoric, not honest description. And I think it helps every once in a while to get back to the facts and put things in perspective. North Dakota's boomlet only involves an increase of 13,400 jobs, for example. A 0.3% slower rate of increase in private sector jobs in Illinois still produces new job numbers the like of which Governor Walker can only dream about. If Wisconsin had produced a number like that we'd be tied for 23rd with Oklahoma!

    Which still wouldn't put us where Governor Doyle got us, but pretty good with Wisconsin being handicapped by corrupt, incompetent, self serving "leadership". If only we could do as well as Illinois...