Thursday, May 16, 2013

New Numbers Put Walker Jobs' Fail Again On Full Display

*  A loss of more than 24,000 private-sector jobs in April.

*  And with just 62,000 private-sector jobs netted in his first two years in office, Gov. Walker - - he who started, funded through budgetary requests and chairs the scandal-plagued job-creating agency known as WEDC - - is about 60,000 off-pace to meet his goal of 250,000 new jobs in a first term.

This is the basic takeaway:

For every job created on his watch, another job he'd promised never happened.

At that rate, he will miss his pledged performance by 50%. Try taking that score to  your teacher, professor, job evaluation...

The numbers tell the story;

...analyses using previous sets of census data have shown that Wisconsin has been lagging most states in job creation. For the 12 months from September 2011 to September 2012, for example, Wisconsin ranked 44th in private-sector job creation, census figures show.
In a follow-up to the main story, the Journal Sentinel's Craig Gilbert adds interesting comparisons and perspective:

The chart below shows the annual rate of private-sector job growth (or decline) for the eight years under Doyle and the first two years under Walker:

The numbers show big job losses in 2008 and 2009 during the national recession, then growth during Doyle’s final year and during Walker’s first two years.
 Walker officials hailed the data as showing “the best two-year gains under any (Wisconsin) governor in over a decade.” That’s true, when comparing Walker’s first two years to any two-year period under Doyle.

At the same time, the best single years of growth in this period were Doyle's second year, before the recession, and Doyle's final year, when the post-recession turnaround took hold.


Anonymous said...

Here is the link to the JS story:

Anonymous said...

They blame it on the bad weather in April. Would any CEO allow a worker to blame poor statewide jobs numbers on jobs.

Anonymous said...


They blame it on the bad weather in April. Would any CEO allow a worker to blame poor statewide jobs numbers on weather?

Anonymous said...

Wondering why we're not seeing ads touting the "myth of Republican job creation"? The DPW should be spending a small but steady amount on putting this out there. If they wait until August of 2014 it will be too late.

Anonymous said...

Oops. Forgot to answer my own question about the ads: The DPW is just not very competent.

James Rowen said...

The failure to track close to the 250,000 jobs pledge should be on an electronic/thermometer style billboard outside Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau and LaCrosse, for starters..