Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state over last year

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Walker hasn't kept one of his biggest promises.
It's a finding that Eric Pusey, founder of the Minnesota Progressive Project, characterized as "yet another reason to be glad we don't have Governor Emmer."

Remember when Scott Walker promised to create 250,000 new jobs during his first term? If Wisconsin voters do, then Walker is probably in trouble come the June 5 recall election, because it turns out that Wisconsin's job market actually deteriorated more than any other state's in the past year.

Over the year, unemployment in Wisconsin has increased by 0.9 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.

From the Bureau:
Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 45 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 4 states, and was unchanged in Alabama. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+6.5 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-0.9 percent).
Wisconsin, the Bureau notes, was the only state to show a statistically significant decrease in the number of people on nonfarm payrolls from April 2011 through March, with 23,900 jobs lost.

The Think Progress blog writes that the latest job numbers add more evidence to a trend they've seen in other areas of the country: states undergoing the most drastic budget cuts are seeing the biggest job losses. "Budget slashing at the state level is stalling growth and reducing GDP," blogger Annie-Rose Strasser argues.

Maybe, after June 5, Walker can pick up some part-time work as a regular guest on Emmer's radio show? Because over in his home state, it looks like it'll be harder for him to find a new gig than it was before his administration came to power.

See also:
-- Tom Emmer: If I were guv, Minnesota would "make Wisconsin look like [an] ugly step-child"

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richard garyson
richard garyson

This report tells us nothing.  In any economy, only individuals can gain and lose jobs, not states. Scott Walker, and no politician for that matter, should ever promise to create jobs. The government cannot create jobs. The government can only take money and resources - and then only by force - from individuals, businesses, and corporations; and then pay that money to government employees or to preferred, subsidized industries. This is not the most productive or optimal use of the money and resources plundered from the citizenry. Politicians can work to create a more free society that will result in greater economic prosperity throughout society. Unfortunately, politicians work almost exclusively to make society less prosperous and less free by imposing burdensome regulations and taxes on corporations, small businesses, and individual citizens.  Perhaps the jobs lost in Wisconsin were government jobs. If this is so, then this would be a good thing. The less regulations, the better. The less public employees, the better. This frees up the individual's money for the individual, and frees up corporations and entrepreneurs to create real, productive jobs, not just a bunch of overpaid government ditch diggers.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons

Hows that trickel down working out for ya? 

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

most drastic budget cuts are seeing the biggest job losses. "Budget slashing at the state level is stalling growth and reducing GDP. Government jobs are being cut. Non productive, tax payer subsistence jobs that is. GDP will bounce back.

Minnesota will need to trim our state employees, county employees, city employees and reduce overall general welfare.

Of course Govenor Dayton is for 500,000,000 tax subsidy for Billionaires like the vikings owners. Did'nt the Packers Get a big tax brake from Walker as well? mmmm  - NO

It seems to me that all of wisconsins property owners got property tax breaks. Mine went up under Dayton. I expect it to sky rocket to pay for the democraps millionaire and billionaire hands outs.

George
George

Would someone please tell me under what theory people are 'entitled' to government jobs

vfeinstein
vfeinstein

LMAO ... well, color me SHOCKED! SHOCKED I say that the "brilliant" ideas forced upon the citizens of Wisconsin by Walker and the GOP are FAILING ... MISERABLY!

Drewl
Drewl

Looks like Gov. Walker's brilliant new state slogan, "Open for Business," didn't really pan out. I still laugh every time I see that plastered onto the welcome signs driving into WI. Those poor souls.  

E K
E K

According to PolitiFact the state lost jobs in 2011 but gained jobs in 2012.  Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped from 7.6% to 6.8% and has been consistently lower than the rest of the nation.

By the way, if you think Walker's reforms should have had an instantaneous positive reaction, I'm sure you feel Obama has been an abject failure, too?

E K
E K

According to PolitiFact.com:

"Brace yourself for an onslaught of seemingly contradictory numbers in TV ads and elsewhere. Pay attention to the time frame the ads’ are talking about. It matters, because the state lost jobs in the private sector in 2011 but recorded gains in early 2012."

Timmermanalec
Timmermanalec

The underlying premise is that Republican, "pro-business" strategies would suck the life out of every neighboring state. When tenths of a percent mean hundreds of thousands of workers, being behind Minnesota by a full percent is enormous.

The hypothesis that pro-business policies would not only boost Wisconsin jobs, but also suck from neighboring states, has been proven, for the 8 millionth time, incorrect. Putting money in the pockets of a few does not, and never has created jobs.

The raw numbers for Wisconsin are bad enough, but even without thinking of that, why have all the states around them done so much better?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

a piece of unreported good news - This report also shows that the Wisconsin's unemployment rate in March dropped from 6.9 percent to 6.8 percent. That's the lowest it's been since 2008 and down from 7.6 percent a year ago. It's also below the national unemployment rate of 8.2 percent.That's right, Wisconsin's Unemployment rate was 7.6% in March of 2011.

Here is a tidbit you won't here in the media.From the Bureau of Labor Statistics - The Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate was 65.7% in Jan 2009The Civilian Labor Force Participation Rate is currently 63.8%This means there are several million more people NOT WORKING right now. (in comparison to 2009)Don't believe me?Look it up!The scariest part of this, there is just over 60% of people contribute to society. And less than that pay taxes to the system to which they enjoy.

the fabulous rustyB
the fabulous rustyB

scott walker and his policies are a disaster for workers, period. i cannot wait for him to get his ass nailed to the wall come the next election/recall. he and his low slung ears will have to find another corporate/1% teat to suckle off of.

Ryan L
Ryan L

Wisconsin has added 15,600 jobs this year and its unemployment rate is at 6.8%, well below the national average.  This is the lowest unemployment rate for WI since 2008. This writer of this story obviously didnt do a significant amount of research to write this article.  Unfortunate.

Drew TZ
Drew TZ

So why did they cut out the farm jobs from the statistics?  Pretty sure those are paying jobs too...

effeminate dad
effeminate dad

Yet I'm sure it's okay with you that it took three years for the economy to improve under Obama. Walker has been in office what, a year? Poor lost soul yourself.

Alec
Alec

Everyone pays taxes. Sales taxes. Payroll taxes. Use taxes. In fact, the payroll tax is the largest tax for 70% of Americans. Anyone who works pays taxes. The scariest part about this is there are still people who believe everything Steve Doocey tells them to believe.

Guest
Guest

I'm thinking Obama is responsible for US employment trends since he took office. Those are generally trending up.

But --> some states lost more jobs under W. than others. Wisconsin lost a lot -- but obviously it's unemployment rate is still not-as-terrible as others. How has the present WI governor done since those initial losses that happened because of W.? The trends aren't good.

Historically, states like WI and MN do well though because they understand that taxes = investments = education = business (which cause higher revenues). That's why states like AL and AR don't have a Chicago or a NYC.

Dave2
Dave2

Kirk says: "The scariest part of this, there is just over 60% of people contribute to society. And less than that pay taxes to the system to which they enjoy." Don't forget Kirk, there are regressive taxes like sales taxes, government fees and lump sum taxes that everyone pays. And that these are  taxes that hurt the poor far more than the wealthy. Also, of that  40% that you say pay no taxes, some of these people are the retired,  housewives, children, and other non-working houshold members. Of those that remain some are on welfare. And don't forget that not all welfare receipients are welfare cheaters. Most receive it because they need it and qualify to recieve it. We, as a civilized society, give it to them because we are a civilized society.   

a grandpa
a grandpa

Ryan, while you laud Gov. Walker for an unemployment rate of 6.8%, I wonder if you would extend the same platitude to Gov. Dayton for having our unemployment rate at 5.8%? Heck if Tom Emmer were Gov we could be at 6.8%,too.

atrupar
atrupar

I think the Bureau of Labor Statistics report I linked to speaks for itself. Where are you getting your numbers from?

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Ya, much like they (the government) doesn't include Gas and Food into inflation numbers.I mean, those are the items that affect us the most.

Drewl
Drewl

Mr Walker promised, what was it, 250,000 jobs in his first term? Why is the rest of the country moving forward and Wisconsin going backward? What's holding it back? Could it be the failed policies of the aforementioned?

You mentioned you agree the economy has improved under Obama.. does that mean you agree with his policies? You sir are as confused as your username suggests

Brian
Brian

OK. How should an economy take to recover after a massive financial collapse? Give us some precedence and please cite your source. 

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Children are not figured into taxation as a financial gain to the government.  Children are usually figured as a financial gain to parent when it comes to taxes. (if they make less than 100k or so)  Also, how many people do you know that may have said, "I'm getting $4,000+ back on my tax return"?  That $4,000+ in many cases surpasses all the taxes they paid for that year. (sales, income, fees, etc.)   Especially if that person has children to deduct, home interest to deduct, receives state\federal provided healthcare, food stamps, military benefits. etc.On the federal level, this equates to about 40% of the population.  This is only for "visible taxes".  When a person says, "tax the rich" or "tax the corporations" this is a invisible tax to the end user.  A company will always pass a "tax" onto their product costs.

And Dave2, SHHHHHHHH!You're not supposed to revel the oldest tax trick in the book.  (Fees = Taxes)

Joe
Joe

 Boom.  Headshot.

brad_dfl
brad_dfl

Food purchases only account for 4.5% of an average American's budget, lowest in the world. Housing, education and healthcare are much larger.

Adam
Adam

Because both industries are permanently subsidized to keep prices artificially low and both have inelastic demand.

Drewl
Drewl

 @Bill  I also just have to point out the irony in calling me a "cry baby" when the excessive "!" and words in all caps in your post indicate your extreme frustration and "whiny" behavior. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

Drewl
Drewl

@Bill So by your logic, we should wait three more years and hope things improve? By observing the current trends, in three years WI will have lost thousands more jobs and more businesses will leave. Probably not a good path to continue down, from a logical perspective. You say we're crying because we didn't get what we want... Does that mean you WANT less jobs? Nice going! You got what you asked for.

Bill
Bill

 I have to laugh, you guys keep beating this 250,000 job's in his first term like he has missed the mark. The thing that your all forgetting is that Walker hasn't even come close to serving a FULL TERM.... because all you cry baby liberal children can't take it and because you didn't get what you wanted you want a Do Over..... so instead of him working for what he was elected for, he has to win the election all over again. What a waste of time and MONEY!!!!!!  thanks all you Liberal Cry Babies for taking us even farther in the hole. admit it all you Liberal boys and girls...... your no better that children having a tantrum because you didn't get what you wanted!!!!!!!

Alec
Alec

Actually, supply and demand dictate what a company can pass along. the idea that all taxes are passed on to end users is another silly meme, disproven by even a second of consideration.  Great article in the Wall Street Journal how pro-growth correlates almost perfectly with high taxes on corporations and the wealthy.

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