[updated] This Capital Times story cites government figures showing that just 97,500 jobs have been created in Wisconsin during Walker's first three years of a four-year term in which he pledged repeatedly to create 250,000 new private-sector jobs.
That means that Walker's promise is 90,000 new jobs off its scheduled completion - - and at the current pace he'd finish his term overseeing the addition of 130,000 new jobs, or 52% of the pledge.
In business, academic or fund-raising settings, 52% would rate an "F," as in "Fail," and "Fired."
Note that Wisconsin is still tied for last in job growth rate improvement in our region, and is more than 30% behind the national average.
Wisconsin added 3,000 private-sector jobs in December, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
That gives the state a 4.1 percent growth rate since January 2011, when Walker was inaugurated, and 97,500 jobs added.
Illinois and Iowa also have 4.1 percent growth rates in that period. Minnesota
is at 5.6 percent and Michigan is at 6 percent. The national rate is 6.1 percent.Even The Journal Sentinel, which has twice endorsed Walker for Governor, took note of his "anemic" job-creation data in its editorial on the State of the State speech:
Without a doubt, economic conditions have improved on Walker's watch. The unemployment rate is down, and the state's businesses are hiring. But Walker is nowhere near meeting his pledge that businesses would create 250,000 jobs during his first term, and Wisconsin's job growth is anemic compared with other states. The state is 37th in the nation in private-sector job growth under Walker.