Friday, August 19, 2016

Political Heat gives good context to Walker jobs FAIL

I talked earlier this week's about Scott Walker and WisGOP's shell game on taxes, but
Chris Walker at Political Heat has a good article on a similar shell game with jobs.

Hidden in yesterday's Wisconsin jobs report were the preliminary figures for the "gold standard" Quarterly Census on Employment and Wages (QCEW), which comes out in early September. And they showed that the March 2015-March 2016 increase in private sector jobs wasn't 47,500, as the Walker Admin said at the time, but instead was more like 37,500.

That's still not a bad increase (about 1.6%), but what Chris points out is that it is less than what we had in the 12 months before that. And even more interesting is that it still doesn't reach the 41,000 jobs that were added from March 2010-March 2011- aka the Wisconsin jobs environment Scott Walker inherited from Jim Doyle.

Know what else happened in March 2011? Act 10 was jammed thru the Legislature, and as Chris Walker notes, Wisconsin hasn't created jobs that fast since March 2011. Doesn't seem like coincidence to me.

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