In addition to the subpar revenue figures from January, (which I went over here), the Walker Administration tried to bury another report last week, as the (right-to) work-for-less debate was raging in the Legislature. That involved the submittal to the feds of Wisconsin's figures for the Quarterly Census on Employment and Wages.
That release indicated that Wisconsin added 27,489 private sector jobs from September 2014 through September 2015, and that figure is a major difference between what the state was reporting in the monthly report before the 2014 election, and what they eventually sent with the "gold standard" QCEW report 4 months later.
Private sector job growth Sep 2014-Sep 2015
Monthly jobs report: 37,900
QCEW report: 27,489
That's a difference of more than 10,400 jobs than the info that was out there before the November 2014 elections (things that make you go hmmmm), and if you plug in the figures and compare it to the state's history on the QCEW report, the 27,489 and 1.16% job growth is the lowest since April 2013.
So just like the looming budget deficit, here was another spot where the state of Wisconsin was going downhill before the election, but those facts were obscured by other information leaked out by the Walker Administration and the Wisconsin GOP, and the media wasn't willing to ask any tough questions about it. And when we see the rest of the country's job numbers in the QCEW, Wisconsin will be fortunate not to be in the bottom 10 for job growth in the nation, as the Obama Jobs Recovery was picking up steam over those 12 months while Wisconsin's rate of growth was slowing down.
Sure makes me wonder what the benchmark revisions to Wisconsin's 2014 jobs figures will be. And hey, whaddya know? That report will be released on Thursday along with the January 2015 state jobs report, and the benchmark revision will be partially based on the lower growth suggested by the QCEW. Maybe that's a big reason why they're trying to shove through work-for-less in the Assembly that day- to hide some bad jobs news?