10 Days Of Early Voting, 10 Reasons To Vote Against Scott Walker: Jobs Failure

Oct 30, 2014

Today marks the last day to vote early for Mary Burke and Democrats in the November elections. 

To wrap up our series on reasons voters should turn out early to cast a ballot, we look at the most important issue in the race for governor: job creation. 
The most reliable, most accurate, economic data shows Wisconsin is dead last in the Midwest in private sector job creation under Scott Walker.
Scott Walker has failed miserably at creating jobs in his first term; Walker won’t even hit the halfway mark of the 250,000 jobs promise he made while campaigning for governor in 2010. 

  • Walker has created fewer than half of the 250,000 jobs he promised. [1]
  • The longer Walker is in office, the worse the numbers get. 2013 was the worst year for private sector job creation in Wisconsin since the Great Recession, and 2014 is on pace to be considerably worse.
  • During Walker’s time in office, Wisconsin’s annual private sector job growth averaged 1.42% compared to 2.23% nationally. [2]
  • Walker’s claim that Wisconsin is third in Midwest job creation is based on the Current Employment Statistics, a statistical metric Walker repeatedly dismissed as “unreliable” in 2011. [3]
  • According to the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, jobs data described by Walker as the “gold standard,” Wisconsin ranked dead last among states in the Midwest on job growth over his term – 10th out of 10 states. [4]
  • Wisconsin also ranked dead last in income growth among Midwestern states over Gov. Scott Walker’s full term. [5]
  • Had Wisconsin simply grown jobs at the national rate over Walker’s term, we would have nearly 70,000 more jobs than we do today.


[1]  “It is now apparent that Walker cannot keep his promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs in a single term” (State unemployment rate declines to 5.5% in September, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/16/14)

[2] “The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers, which Walker has called the “gold standard” for measuring jobs, is based on a survey of nearly every business in the state. The agency found that for the 12-month period, the number of private-sector jobs grew by 28,712 or nearly 1.3 percent, lagging behind the national average of just over 2 percent.” (Wisconsin job growth ranks 33rd in nation, Appleton Post-Crescent, 9/18/14)

[3] “ Walker’s numbers are based on cumulative monthly estimates between July of last year and July of this year. These are the same monthly estimates Walker attacked as unreliable during his recall campaign. Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson described them as numbers that are ‘inaccurate,’ and that ‘cannot be trusted.’ “ (In New Ad, Walker Cites Jobs Numbers From Survey He Once Derided, WPR, 8/29/14)

[4] “Walker’s ad goes a step further and accuses Democrat Mary Burke of trying to mislead voters by saying Wisconsin is dead last in the Midwest. Burke’s ad, however, accurately quotes detailed quarterly census numbers covering Walker’s first three full years in office.“ (In New Ad, Walker Cites Jobs Numbers From Survey He Once Derided, WPR, 8/29/14)

[5] “After Walker correctly pointed out that personal income growth is the best in the Midwest for the last year, commentators alleged that Wisconsin is “dead last in income growth” during Gov. Scott Walker’s three-plus years in office. The quarterly figures do put Wisconsin at the bottom, based on the starting point endorsed by the agency that compiled the information.” (Bloggers say Wisconsin ranks last in income growth since Scott Walker became governor, Politifact Wisconsin, 8/28/14)