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Walker's Jobs Announcement Fodder For Both Sides

Facing a recall election, the governor says new jobs numbers released Wednesday are a more accurate reflection of how the state is doing. Tom Barrett calls announcement a political stunt.

Gov. Scott Walker released a new set of job numbers Wednesday morning that showed the state gained 23,300 public and private jobs during 2011, up from a previously-reported drop of 33,900.

The new numbers come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, part of a national report due to be issued on June 28, according to an Associated Press report.

With Walker pushing up the announcement so that it comes three weeks ahead of the June 5 recall election, reaction has been predictably and wildly mixed.

Walker's campaign said the numbers more accurately reflect what is happening in the state. The data is comprised of reports issued to 96 percent of Wisconsin employers and makes the numbers "much more reliable," according to a news release.

"With more than 33,000 jobs created since Governor Walker took office and the unemployment rate plummeting to its lowest since 2008, it is certain the governor's bold reforms and leadership are moving Wisconsin forward," campaign spokeswoman Ciara Matthews said.

Tom Barrett's campaign, meanwhile, released a statement ripping the announcement as "electon-nomics." It said Wednesday's numbers distract attention from Walker's "worst-in-the-nation jobs record," a reference to a study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that showed Wisconsin with more job losses from March 2011 to March 2012 than any state in the nation.

"Today's cynical announcement isn't about how best to calculate job growth in Wisconsin – this is about Scott Walker pulling political stunts to save his own job," Barrett's communications director Phil Walzak said.

Media reports about today's news have also differed.

"Walker Dislikes Job Numbers, So He'll Put Out His Own" was the headline from Bloomberg, while economists quoted in an Associated Press story say the new jobs numbers are more accurate.

Richard Head May 18, 2012 at 11:20 AM
"A reasonable candidate would have said, "If elected, I'm going to make creating jobs a priority." If Walker didn't know his goal was logically and statistically unattainable under current circumstances, the ones manipulating his strings did." NO - NOT at all... Politicians aren't suppoused to create jobs - they Administer States, Cities, Villages, etc. and apply lawsa fairly and create conditions that foster private economic growth. FOR THAT - they get a portion of the Businesses proceeds through taxes, which supports them. This is the problem with women and the welfare State - they want the State to do it all for them - reproduce at will, then have Society pay for every aspect of raising, caring, feeding and educating the Child - no personal responsibility whatsoever. END THE WELFARE/NANNY STATE! Stop subsidizing women's failures and irresponsibility with reproduction.
morninmist May 18, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Hey Hunters ---looky here! ....If Kroll gets his way, public land hunters will get the shaft. The deer herd no longer would be managed as a public resource, but as the private property of wealthy landowners. Wisconsin will become like Europe, where hunting is the privilege of the wealthy. Kroll’s view fit in nicely with those of DNR secretary Cathy Stepp, a Walker appointee who already has suggested that public lands be sold. What this means for hunters is that the management of the state’s deer herd could be sold or contracted to management corporations like Johnson Timber, who already owns Summit Lake Game Farm on the southern edge of the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation, and vast tracts of timber land. Joe Hunter would have to buy his hunting tag (and perhaps make a bid on it) from a private game management firm for his deer, grouse, turkey, wolf, berry picking permits, etc.—in a monetized way—in order to exact the highest commercial value. The Game Management Unit, which encompasses timber company and other private, county and state park lands, would profit. They would also have their own Game Managers police force issue your license. In this way, the State would reap the benefits by taxing the net Income after expenses and be out of the business of managing the fish, deer, and other resource gathering rights..... http://wcmcoop.com/members/walker-to-deer-hunters-pay-up-or-get-lost/
Dirk Gutzmiller May 18, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I believe employment could be up. I just saw one of my son's favorite but then laid off teachers working at the drive-up window at Burger King. And the Dells has seasonal jobs starting soon. Lots of day laborer employment goes unreported. Yard work is now available in almost every neighborhood. Cheap labor will now attract transient and opportunistic employers. It is the season of plenty.
Dirk Gutzmiller May 18, 2012 at 03:30 PM
@Richard Head - It takes two to tango. Men share an equal responsibility for having and raisng children. Of course as an responsible adult you would recognize this. Your advocacy for Walker in the same comments betrays Walker's denial that he is waging a war on women. Your tone says you may be one of those jerks that do not pay their child support.
Dorothy May 23, 2012 at 06:16 PM
YES, WALKER --FORWARD ALL THE WAY!!!!!!! and BARRETT BACKWARDS ALL THE WAY OUT OF THIS CITY--- Maybe he can get a job in Washington with the others where they also get NOTHING DONE!!!! Dorothy

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