For all of 2016, state reports show that employers added 17,200 jobs, by far the lowest annual tally since Walker took office in January 2011.And what's one of the biggest reasons? We can't attract talent to come here.
The total number of jobs created since Walker took office is 185,208, or 64,792 short of Walker's goal of 250,000.
Marquette University economics professor Abdur Chowdhury agreed that a workforce skills gap was among the factors contributing to what he called a "malaise."And the results of some of that brain drain was apparent in another report that came out today, which was the January state-by-state jobs report. This January report has an extra bit of punch to it because it includes newly-benchmarked figures for all months of 2016, and as we can see, Wisconsin fared very poorly when compared to the rest of the Midwest over the last 12 months measured.
"There are lots of jobs available, but employers are finding it hard to fill those positions. Wisconsin is below average in the percentage of college graduates, ranking 30th, despite being 14th in state and local per capita spending on higher education," he said.
Chowdhury said Wisconsin has suffered from a "significant amount of brain drain," with recent estimates showing that the state loses about 10,000 college graduates each year.
Private sector job growth, Jan 2016-Jan 2017
6th out 7 is bad, and getting doubled up by Minnesota is pretty damn unacceptable. As mentioned previously, this is Wisconsin's worst 12-month stretch of private sector job growth since 2010, meaning it's the worst 12 months for jobs in Scott Walker's tenure in office.
You can see how job growth in the state flattened out in the past year when you look at this chart of the Walker jobs gap, which has now grown well past 110,000 jobs.
And notice that the state would have well added over 300,000 jobs if we had merely kept up with the rest of the nation. Also note that Minnesota has added over 250,000 jobs in the last 6 years (despite starting from a lower number in 2010), while I would be surprised if Wisconsin even hits 250,000 in 8 years.
So tell me, why would anyone think that staying on the same trickle-down mentality with the wage suppression and de-investment in infrastructure and services would turn things around in our declining state? And why should we continue to accept this by keeping these failing, regressive WisGOPs in power?