Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in 2011 and '12

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Scott Walker promised 250,000 jobs. How about just not losing them to begin with?
As we told you about 11 months ago, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state from early 2011 to early '12. New data indicates Wisconsin's job market continued to stink like rotten cheese throughout the rest of the year.

UPDATE: Minnesota gained more jobs in last six months than any half-year since Reagan's heyday

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from January 2011 through December 2012, Wisconsin lost 15,900 jobs -- more than any other state in the union. In fact, only two other states -- Rhode Island and Maine -- actually had fewer jobs at the end of that time period than they did at the beginning.

By comparison, according to reports from early this month, Minnesota gained 50,000 jobs in the last calendar year alone. In 2012, we had the 12th-fastest-growing job market in the nation. Wisconsin, meanwhile, ranked 40th, which is at least an improvement from 2011.

The latest BLS numbers make Gov. Scott Walker's February 2010 promise "to bring 250,000 jobs and 10,000 new businesses to Wisconsin by 2015" look increasingly absurd.

Nearly a year ago, Tom Emmer told a gathering of tea partiers that if he had defeated Governor Dayton in 2010, he would've made "Wisconsin look like the poor ugly stepchild that they are." With the latest job numbers in mind, Emmer's possible world sounds more dystopian than ever.

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Branden Strot
Branden Strot

let me guess, the administrators still got raises though?

Onan
Onan

I. Am. Shocked.

Jean Murra
Jean Murra

I used to live in a small town in northern Wisconsin (Hurley) and every once in a while check the local paper to see what 's going on there. The other day I noticed this article: "WALKER BUDGET NOT KIND TO HURLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed 2013-'14 school budget isn't favorable to the Hurley School District, according to district administrator Chris Patritto. In fact, Patritto told the school board Monday that the district faces a $222,000 deficit for the next school year, worst case scenario, under the state budget, which will be approved in July. The proposed state budget favors voucher programs for poorly performing big city schools and private schools, but doesn't do anything for Hurley, said Patritto, who likened the situation to getting tied to a back of a truck and dragged down a dirt road." I think that's about the same feeling for most of us in WI under the Walker budget.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

I'd sure like to find one.. Sent my rescume out to over 9000.00 places,

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

YAAAAAY Scott Walker. Job Creation was his #1 priority, remember?

Jason Bistodeau
Jason Bistodeau

A lot of that was the unions pulling their workers and putting them to work in more union-friendly states.

Mike Richardson
Mike Richardson

I would hope at least women would be fleeing Wisconsin because of blatant salary discrimination...

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

It's really fun to call 608-266-1212 (Scott Walker's hotline) and taunt Wisconsin on how stupid it is to elect a governor who is bought and paid for by the Koch brothers. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Republicans are nothing but a bunch of corrupt stupid bigots whose economic policies fail time and time again.   You are an idiot if you vote for a Republican. 

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

@MicheleBachmann the only thing worse is someone that sees either extreme as 100% right.....its the middle. That's where we should be. Not pointing fingers....but nice try....and I voted for dem's last 6 elections. You are an idiot. We clearly need a viable third party that can draw more than 5% of the vote. 

monstervison6
monstervison6

@k2yeb @MicheleBachmann I completely agree with k2yeb. We need to have at least a 3rd party. I am actually in favor of eliminating political parties all together. I did not vote for Obama because I did not like his economic policies. I have a degree in Economics and a studying Actuary so I know what I am talking about when I say Obama and his administration are true Keynesian. The last time this was used was back in the great depression and it dropped us into a double dip. MicheleBachmann...by the laws of Economics...a republican's sense of economics is spot on. So please, before you start spewing out uneducated ideas and try to pass them off as facts, look up your sources from a unbias source and your results may shock you to see and know that both parties are too ridiculous. Ron Paul was really the last true, non-corrupted, politician.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@monstervison6  Hey world's dumbest econ student since Obama saved the economy and it gets stronger every year he is office I'd say you wasted your money going to school. 

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