Wisconsin’s economy has "tanked" under Gov. Scott Walker and "so far in 2015 over 6,685 people have been laid off, already more than in all of 2014."The claim was generated from this observation made by WKOW Channel 27 in Madison a couple of weeks ago.
At the halfway point of 2015, Wisconsin employers have already notified the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) of more planned layoffs than in all of 2014.In fact, the WARN notices tell us that there are 3 mass layoffs totaling nearly 2,500 jobs coming in the next month that might put in a serious crimp into the state's economy.
As of June 30, state employers have notified DWD they will be laying off a total of 6,685 employees. That is higher than the total number for both 2012 (6,511) and 2014 (6,186).
At the current pace Wisconsin would see more than 13,000 planned layoffs announced in 2015, the highest of any year under Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin). The previous high during the Walker administration was just over 9,000 in 2011, his first year in office.
Golden Country Foods in Plover- 432 layoffs
Wells Fargo in Milwaukee- 839 layoffs
Assurant Health in Milwaukee- 1,200 layoffs
So what does Politi-"fact" do to evaluate the American Bridge Claim with mass layoffs in Wisconsin? They concede the point about there being more mass layoffs in Wisconsin in 2015 than all of 2014, and then proceed TO IGNORE THAT DATA ENTIRELY!
But the warning notices are a lousy tool to assess the economy -- and especially employment.This is a classic case of Politi-"fact" moving the goalposts to suit what they want to evaluate. They've done this trick many times in the past, especially when it's a claim that the pro-Walker and pro-MMAC Journal-Sentinel doesn't want to hear.
Why? Some layoffs never trigger a notice, because they don’t reach the 50 person threshold. Also, the notices don’t always mean lost jobs. In cases when a company changes hands, the old firm is required to file a notice, even if all the workers will retain their jobs with the new firm.
And then Politi-crap excludes even more data when it doesn't suit the result they want to see.
Based on the most solid numbers available, through the first four months of 2015, state private sector employers added 13,300 jobs. That compares with 10,600 jobs in the same time frame in 2014. (Numbers for May are preliminary).That's an interesting month to throw out, given that Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in America in May, 8,600 in all and 6,100 in the private sector. If you include May, the jobs figures in Wisconsin look like this.
Change in private sector jobs, Dec-May
Verry convenient for Politi-crap to blow off May 2015's numbers as "preliminary". In the next breath this analysis then props up claims from local Milwaukee business honks at Manpower and the Mgiving reports from local business execs that say they expect the overall economy to be on an upswing...with the alleged data in those reports coming from May and June. So OPINION from self-interested business execs trumps the actual NUMBERS in Politi-"fact"'s world. #headdesk.
This leads to their final "analysis."
But the [WARN] notices do not represent bodies out the door and, though higher than last year, they are not a reliable economic indicator. Indeed, other reports say that employers overall added about 13,000 jobs in the first five months of the year, a pace higher than a year ago.You've gotta be shitting me with that take. The claim by American Bridge is regarding the added WARN notices, and Politi-"fact" instead tries to analyze the opinion about the overall economy, and ignores the data from the WARN notices. At the very least, that earns a "half-true" for being correct about the WARN notices (it definitely would have been if a GOP said it), and it shows that despite some good work from the JS in standing up against the shredding of open records and in (finally doing) some recent stories investigating WEDC loans and grants, it is still a corporate paper that has a vested interest in Scott Walker's viability as a national political figure.
We rate the claim False.
And that means we have to watch over them and be prepared to call them out with every step that right-wing rag takes.