Report: Wisconsin lost 5,900 jobs net in April

2012-05-17T15:07:00Z Report: Wisconsin lost 5,900 jobs net in AprilThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 17, 2012 3:07 pm  • 

MADISON — Wisconsin lost nearly 6,000 jobs in April, according to preliminary data state labor officials released Thursday, marking another setback for Republican Gov. Scott Walker as he faces a June 5 recall election.

Democrats initially forced Walker into the recall as payback for passing a contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights. But Walker's challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, has shifted away from union issues to focus on what he calls Walker's inability to jumpstart the state's economy and failure to deliver on a campaign promise to create 250,000 private sector jobs.

Barrett has played up a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report that showed Wisconsin lost the most jobs between March 2011 and March 2012 of any state. Walker has insisted things aren't as bad as those numbers show. On Wednesday the governor released revised fourth-quarter figures that showed the state gained 23,300 public and private sector jobs last year. The bureau has yet to vet those numbers.

The new monthly data, though preliminary, shows the state is still sliding backward. According to a survey of 3.5 percent of Wisconsin employers, the state lost 6,200 private sector jobs in April. The state added 300 government jobs, bringing the net loss to 5,900 jobs. Since December 2010, the month before Walker took office, the state has added a total of 400 jobs.

A separate tally of unemployment claims and a survey of 1,400 households, however, showed Wisconsin's unemployment rate dipped slightly, from 6.8 percent in March to 6.7 percent in April. That's better than the national unemployment rate, which rang in at 8.1 percent for the month.

Department of Workforce Development officials cautioned the data is subject to revisions.

"Even under the governor's rosiest possible scenario, he has missed opportunity after opportunity to put people back to work," Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, said in a statement. "And he has broken his promise to the people of Wisconsin to focus like a laser beam on creating 250,000 new jobs."

Walker's state spokesman, Cullen Werwie, and his campaign spokeswoman, Ciara Matthews, didn't immediately return messages.

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    OKOKOKOK - May 22, 2012 6:51 pm
    REPUBLICAN Scoot Walker's "deer czar" Dr.James Kroll wants Wisconsin deer hunters to pay a fee to hunt on Wisconsin's many public hunting lands. The "deer czar" calls hunting for free on these lands "The Last Bastion of Communism". The Czar has already done this in Texas, where he is from and should be sent back to. Here is the link:

  2. SRLaBelle
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    SRLaBelle - May 22, 2012 8:12 am
    Awesome bit of video where state economist explains the gist of the recent employment numbers to a room full of other government economists...
    It's a power point presentation of the data.
    I love the question and answer part where it becomes clear that some of these government economists are in over their heads.
  3. SRLaBelle
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    SRLaBelle - May 19, 2012 8:24 am
    Will opine,
    Awesome bit of video. That should be broadcast on the evening news. So the bureacrats rebenchmarked the statistics in a manner that generated the illusion of falling job creation numbers for the state of Wisconsin. The actual reality is lower unemployment, per-recession new unemployment claim levels and strong growth in manfacturing sector jobs. Barrett should be publically thanking Walker rather than participating in this foolish recall.
  4. SRLaBelle
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    SRLaBelle - May 19, 2012 7:27 am
    I think that union boss' pivot from government union outrage as a rallying cry to "hey we don't really care about that union stuff, we're all about jobs(wink,wink)" is a difficult dance step. Now it is apparently devolving into a hazy war of statistics. Barrett seems to be losing the paddle he was counting on to bash Walker. (Up the creek without a paddle?)
    The primary has pointed up a second issue, the petition signers don't seem all that interested in actually voting. ......
  5. SRLaBelle
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    SRLaBelle - May 19, 2012 7:27 am
    Given the present mix, I would expect the dems to try pulling an October surpriseish rabbit out of a hat. They seem to have a firm hold on the Milwaukee DAs 130 lawyers. Why not charge Walker with a crime, any crime, it doesn't really matter which. It would be best if it were salacious.
    God knows they are investigating his every move, surely over the past 40 years this guy has broken some law... If not, they can just make something up.
  6. Wondering Alooud
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    Wondering Alooud - May 18, 2012 11:40 am
    Sddly CVcitizen there is so much outside money in the Walker campaign that even if Walker really does join the KKK the story will still be Barrett clubing baby seals. The pro Walker adds are embarassingly dishonest and the Barrett adds don't even try to explain why we should vote for him.
  7. ECReader
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    ECReader - May 18, 2012 7:53 am
    Since everyone seems to be an expert on what teacchers should/shouldn't do,would you let each 3rd grade teacher come up with his/her own standardized test to measure his/her students performance or would you want them to use a nation wide standardized test? I am sure each teacher could make a very compelling argument the custom test is a more accurate gage of their students actual performance.

    Wisconsin is making up their own test in regards to jobs.
  8. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - May 17, 2012 9:34 pm
    willopine, thanks for posting the video. I understand the information in the video and how it is used to make WI appear to be better off than the BLS portrays. However, all states are utilizing the same BLS method of data collection and interpretation. Shouldn't WI do the same? It would be impossible to offer a comparison between states if each state decided to utilize a different collection method of data and the way it is interpreted.
  9. Will Opine
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    Will Opine - May 17, 2012 7:17 pm
    This is a good explanation of the numbers
  10. Enlightenment
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    Enlightenment - May 17, 2012 4:02 pm
    ChippewaFallsWisconsin said: "So what the heck numbers are we supposed to believe? First, we are dead last in job creation and we lost more jobs then gained. Then Walker says created more jobs than lost, now we lost jobs again, who do we believe and how do you know for sure what numbers are the right ones?"

    I don't think it matters which numbers you look at, they all indicate that WI employment levels are unsatisfactory at best.
  11. CVCitizen
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    CVCitizen - May 17, 2012 3:59 pm
    ChippewaFallsWisconsin said "So what the heck numbers are we supposed to believe?"

    All of them. This is getting to be phenomonally silly.

    By the end of next week Walker will supposedly have joined the KKK and Barrett will have been photographed on vacation clubbing baby seals.

    And before anyone gets their undies in a bundle, that was all complete sacrasm.
  12. ChippewaFallsWisconsin
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    ChippewaFallsWisconsin - May 17, 2012 3:42 pm
    So what the heck numbers are we supposed to believe? First, we are dead last in job creation and we lost more jobs then gained. Then Walker says created more jobs than lost, now we lost jobs again, who do we believe and how do you know for sure what numbers are the right ones?
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