Walker over half way to meeting job creation goal.

Walker on job creation. The honest numbers.

MacIver News Service | April 9, 2012 

[Madison, Wisc...] Wisconsin has 137,372 more private sector jobs than when Governor Scott Walker first took office in January 2011, according to the most recent data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which puts him past the halfway point towards his goal of creating 250,000 private sector jobs in his first term.

This information was contained in the BLS's Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. That census includes detailed information from more than 96 percent of employers. This is much more accurate than monthly jobs' reports, which are compiled by surveying a fraction of employers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel used the same data to determine Wisconsin ranked 44th in private sector job growth from September 2011 to September 2012.

John Koskinen, Chief Economist at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, confirmed the private sector job growth numbers uncovered by the MacIver News Service, "That's literally true," however, Koskinen said economists typically use the same month from different years to avoid seasonal variations in employment.

Although Koskinen might be uncomfortable comparing jobs numbers from January 2011 and September 2012, the Democratic Party of Wisconsin felt those two months strengthen the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story.

"The day Scott Walker took office, we were 11th in job creation. Now, we are 44th, and it is a direct result of both his inattention and his policies. Those have included massive cuts to job-creating investments in education, health care, technology, infrastructure and vocational training," reads a DPW release from March 28, 2013.

DPW neglected to mention the fact that during that same timeframe, Wisconsin added over 137,000 private sector jobs putting Walker well on track to meet his goal by the end of his term. And although the chief economist for DOR is wary of using such a timeframe, Koskinen completely rejects the statement that Wisconsin is 44th in job creation.

During a presentation in March, Koskinen pointed out Wisconsin's unemployment rate is consistently lower than the national average. Also, previously the BLS reported Wisconsin was losing jobs, only to have to revise those numbers later and admit the state gained jobs.

Additionally the MacIver News Service reported the state collected 5 percent more tax revenue in February 2013 than in February 2012 according to the Department of Revenue, suggesting Wisconsinites are making and spending more money.

The data used in this story and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's story can be found by clicking here.

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skinnyDUDE April 09, 2013 at 04:20 PM
The moral to the story is .....Just because the democratic party or liberal Milwaukee paper creates a false news story . Doesnt mean we dont have access to the truth .We are definitely not 44th in job creation. We have a balance budget. We are creating jobs . Walker's plan is working despite Obama's awful job killing policies. Those policies will harm liberal states already squeezed for revenues due to the unending spending. Wisconsin is doing well under the reform agenda which the majority of the state will continue to embrace.
C. Sanders April 09, 2013 at 07:24 PM
skinnyDUDE ... well done!
Awaken All April 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM
You are quoting a right wing think tank.....WI is at 64k
skinnyDUDE April 11, 2013 at 01:32 AM
@ AWAKEN ALL= I am MERELY showing the article which features the actual current labor statistics used by the Milwaukee Journal but with all the facts. Lefty paper didnt show all the facts and the article is quoting John Koskinen, Chief Economist at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, I think he is a lot more credible than you .THE JOB CREATION STATISTICS ARE PUBLIC RECORD . there is a link in the article. If you want to be brainwashed thats the lazy liberal way. But if you want facts you got to look at the real facts which the article contains
Awaken All April 11, 2013 at 01:49 PM
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics may be more credible than a right-wing think tank.
skinnyDUDE April 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM
@Awaken All Yep and when you figure out how to comprehend you will see thats where the statistics in the article come from . And its back with the Bureau of Labor Statistics from the actual employers in the state. 96% reported . So the actual job creation is even higher. Read it and Weep LEFTY!
Awaken All April 12, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Dude. Any article written by a conservative "news service" like MacIver is certainly not to be taken seriously.....kinda like Fox "news" yaknow? Regardless of where they get their data....it will be spun to support their agenda. If you feel at liberty to post this drivel on your "blob" then people like me can challenge it.
C. Sanders April 12, 2013 at 03:37 AM
You are so right ... Nothing like the real news from Huffington and Mother Jones ...l hahahahahahahahahha
GearHead April 12, 2013 at 04:19 AM
But u haven't challenged it; only denigrated the source. How is it wrong?
skinnyDUDE April 12, 2013 at 03:44 PM
@Awaken all The source sites where the findings come from sites stated with links, Interviews John Koskinen, Chief Economist at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. These are the facts . Walker will create the 250 k jobs you liberals dont want. You are afraid his success ends your reign of power. I hope your fears are confirmed :) Walker didnt raise taxes and revenues are UP Expansion of the base and incomes is the only way that happens . Great Job Scott Walker as he's doing this thru all the liberal road blocks.
Awaken All April 12, 2013 at 06:08 PM
You're right.....same sources, with a right-wing interpretation. By the way, you must have missed the latest Census Bureau sales and income tax revenue figures that reveal WI is the ONLY state with a decrease in both....how exactly does that show incomes are up? But of course, you'll just say the numbers are incorrect.
skinnyDUDE April 12, 2013 at 09:27 PM
@awaken all I would say the article i have has actual links and acknowledements to all the sources. Your source is .....YOU ! A flaming liberal and clearly a Walker recall signee. I dont suppose you have REAL sources as your bias blind opinion isnt Fact.


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