Wisconsin 42nd in Private-Sector Job Growth, Report Says

Data shows that Wisconsin saw an increase of 35,381 private-sector jobs, a 1.5% increase, during a 12-month period ending in June. The top U.S. state saw a 12.1% increase in private-sector job creation.

Gov. Scott Walker won a recall election contested largely on economic issues, but the state ranked in the bottom 20 percent in the nation in private-sector job creation in the nation in the 12 months ending last June, according to government jobs data.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Wisconsin added just over 35,000 private-sector jobs, according to the Quarterly Census on Earnings and Wages, which covers 96% of the nation's public and private sector employers. That's a 1.5 percent increase.

The 12 months of job creation data is considered by economists to be the most accurate information of hiring in the country, according to the Journal Sentinel. And the end of the measuring period coincided with the recall election victory of Gov. Walker. His campaign win was based on economic issues such as job growth.

Walker’s office was pre-releasing census job data each quarter, but did not compare the data to other states, the Journal Sentinel reported. Top-ranked North Dakota had a 12.1% increase in private-sector hiring; Utah and Texas were above 4 percent.

Wisconsin did rank 20th in private-sector manufacturing jobs compared to other states. It saw in increase of 11,788 new production jobs.

morninmist January 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM
More bad news! http://jakehasablog.blogspot.com/2013/01/context-on-jobs-mattersand-shows.html ....The wage story is even more scarier when you look at how Wisconsin's figures compare to the previous quarter- it dropped from $826 a week in Q1 2012 to $778, a drop of 5.8% in 3 months. Now, some of that is due to Summer jobs leading to more part-time work and driving the average wage down (see, unlike Scotty, I'll look past the "raw data" for context). But when you look at the time since Wisconsin bottomed out from the recession, the trend is not Scotty's friend, with the two worst marks in wage growth since the start of 2010 have been in the last 9 months. ................
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Aaron wrote: "The growth numbers are not fantastic but there are quite a few openings out there..." Part of the problem is that the jobs do not offer $100,000/year with car and expense account. I have met waaaaaaaaay to many people that don't want to get into an entry level job because they feel they are above that. It is just too easy to sit at home for two years and collect an unemployment check. Aaron, you are right when you say "It isn't any politician's job to find anyone else one." But it should also not be a politicians job to create disincentives for people to work.
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Steve is right, ObamaCare is just a way for the Federal government to take over one-sixth of the economy. morninmist's link has one very interesting comment: "Under the Affordable Care Act, health coverage is expanded in two primary ways: building competitive health insurance marketplaces (called exchanges) for moderate- and middle-income people..." So, if competition is good, why don't we relax regulations to open up competition, make it fairer and easier for companies to cross state lines, and allow more innovative plans.
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Greg wrote: "I've been working on my comprehension and I just finished the Rosetta Stone course, so now I understand Lefty." Greg, I'm worried. Doesn't a stunt like that potentially cause brain damage?
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:27 PM
morn, the mining bill was not about ignoring environmental laws. We still have the EPA, DNR, ACE and GOD knows how many other that still have to give their approval. The bill would have eliminated the need for the redundant studies and hearings that killed the Crandon mine.


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