* 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.