Dropout Scott Walker Continues Job Losses
Wisconsin lost an estimated 11,700 private sector jobs in June and the unemployment rate rose to 7% from 6.8% in May, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday.
Hours after the report, the state agency sent a letter to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to complain about the integrity of the statistics. The BLS compiles the figures each month for the nation and each of the 50 states.
“As agencies charged with providing timely and relevant labor market information, we have a responsibility to ensure the labor market information we publish is accurate, complete and reflective of what occurs on the ground,” Department secretary Reggie Newson wrote to his counterpart at the the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The statistical reliability and validity of monthly state-level jobs data is hardly a new issue in Wisconsin, nor is it one that appears to fade anytime soon.
Inherent inaccuracies in the monthly state data became one of the most crucial issues in June’s gubernatorial recall elections. In that race, Gov. Scott Walker was under attack for monthly job reports that showed the state lost jobs in 2011 - his first year in office. But Walker released a different state of data - from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which economists regard as the most reliable that exists at the state level - which showed modest job gains last year.
Despite empty promises of bringing 250,000 jobs to Wisconsin by the end of his first term, Wisconsin lost another 12,000 jobs continuing our streak as the last state in the union for job creation. Now that he can no longer blame the “uncertainty” of the recall he is blaming the ACA, the drought, gnome droppings etc. My guess is he’ll have his sycophants at right wing radio, TV and the Milwaukee Journal on the case blaming everything but the failure of their right wing policies.