posted on May, 17 2012 @ 09:58 AM
May 15, 2012 - When Wisconsin job numbers compiled by the U.S. government were on the upswing last year, Governor Scott Walker traveled to
Milwaukee to tout them as proof that he was turning around the state’s economy.
Now that the Bureau of Labor Statistics figures have shown for months that the state is losing more jobs than any other, Walker, a Republican who
faces a June 5 recall election, will release his own. (Source:
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics estimated Wisconsin lost 23,900 jobs between March 2011 and 2012, but Walker immediately found better numbers and
released them yesterday.
May 17, 2012 - On Wednesday, the governor took the unusual step of releasing fourth-quarter data due out in the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics'
June 28 national employment report that show Wisconsin added 23,300 public and private sector jobs last year. (Source:
AP via Huffington Post
The numbers released on Wednesday come from "job counts reported by 160,000 Wisconsin employers as required by law as part of their tax and
unemployment insurance reports." The job counts reported on Monday and last June come from "the Current Employment Survey, which surveys about 5,500
employers, or 3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses."
So it turns out Governer Walker presided over job growth last year, but this revelation may be a two edged sword because it casts doubt over
Walker's claim of presideding over half of the United State's job growth in June
addition, these newest numbers puts Walker on a pace that falls far short of his 2010 campaign promise to add 250,000 jobs in four years.
Until the rest of the states release their job figures, we will not know how Wisconsin has performed relative to the rest of the nation. Those voting
on the recall in Wisconsin will not be able to consider this factor while making up their mind between Governer Scott Walker and his opponent,
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
A new Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday shows voters believe Walker would do a better job than Barrett in creating jobs,
48 percent to 41 percent. [...]The poll also showed Walker ahead of Barrett 50 percent to 44 percent... (AP via Huffington Post - linked
And now a punchline: Ironically, the poll surveys only 600 of Wisconsin's likely voters