Gov. Scott Walker (R-Koch) just took to his Facebook wall (which was quickly deleted) to write,”New data shows WI’s private sector job growth is best 2-year gain under any governor in over a decade.” And while that gives Walker fans goosebumps, no link was left, and according to statistics, Wisconsin is 44th in private-sector job creation. The unidentified data Walker is referring to while using a two year measure, also selectively ignores his campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs.
So, unless coming in 44th is something to campaign on, then maybe he should delete his Facebook message (which we already have a screen shot of).
Update: I just checked and his post appears to have been removed. It must have been a ‘misspeak.’
JSOnline reported on March28th,
As the national employment recovery slowly has begun to brighten, Wisconsin struggles to keep pace, according to the latest available government jobs data deemed credible by economists.
Wisconsin ranked 44th out of the 50 states in private-sector job creation in the 12 months from September 2011 to September 2012. The state’s position has deteriorated progressively from a revised rank of 41st in the previous 12-month period through June 2012; and from a rank of 37th in the 12 months through March 2012.
“Wisconsin is falling behind,” said Abdur Chowdhury, an economics professor at Marquette University.
The data, released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, is called the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages. It’s based on a census of 96% of all American non-farm employers, public and private, which makes it the most exhaustive and credible information available on job creation. Because it is so complete, the quarterly data always comes with a half-year time lag.
Its publication Thursday coincided with other sobering economic news for Wisconsin, including estimates that the state’s unemployment rate rose for a second consecutive month in February.
Wisconsin lost 8,500 jobs in March 2013 according to the CES survey and that’s not something to brag about.
Graph via Daily Kos:
ABC reports, “The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, the most since late March. The jump came a week after applications had reached a five-year low.”
People poured into his wall to either praise him over the unidentified data, or to ask him where the numbers came from.
PDF from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.