Wisconsin Adds 33,000 Jobs
May 17, 2012
A new report from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development says Wisconsin gained over 23,000 last year. When added to the more than 10,000 jobs created this year, the state has gained over 33,000 jobs since Governor Walker took office.
According to economists, the new numbers are far more accurate than the previously reported estimates that said the state lost thousands of jobs last year. The Associated Press reports:
…the new numbers based on a census of Wisconsin employers instead of a much smaller survey show a net gain of 23,300 jobs instead of a loss of 33,900 jobs.
University of Wisconsin-Madison economist Andrew Reschovsky says the data is more accurate. Wells Fargo Fund Management economist Brian Jacobsen agrees.
That Rechovsky could never been mistaken for a member of the vast right wing conspiracy is especially bad news for Tom Barrett. Barrett and his allies have been working overtime to discredit the new numbers before they were ever released. Rechovsky donated $400 to Barrett’s 2010 campaign for Governor.
Barrett got more bad news when Marquette University Law School released a new poll that shows Barrett trailing Governor Walker by 6 points. Earlier this week a Democratic poll had Barrett losing to Walker by 5 points and a poll sponsored by a manufacturing group showed Barrett trailing Walker by 9 points.
We caution readers not to take a Walker victory for granted. Still, what’s bad news for Tom Barrett is good news for Wisconsin.