The snapshot of jobs in the state is normally announced each month simply through a news release, but in July Walker traveled to Milwaukee to announce that the month before the state had gained a net total of 9,500 jobs, a big chunk of the net total of 18,000 new jobs nationwide for that month. It was announced at the time as the biggest monthly increase in jobs since September 2003.Here's Walker's main communications' apparatus "tool."
The unusual announcement was made in the run-up to pivotal Senate recall elections last summer that were seen as a referendum on Walker's policies.
But three days before the announcement, Walker's office received a report from the state labor department that raised serious concerns about the numbers. The PowerPoint presentation was released to the Journal Sentinel under the state's open records law.
"Results, while (federal Bureau of Labor Statistics) approved, are very questionable," reads the first line of the report.