Latest Jobs Numbers Show Wisconsin Continues to Rank Dead Last in the Midwest in Job Creation

Oct 15, 2014

Scott Walker’s “gold standard” Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages jobs numbers show Wisconsin ranked dead last among states in the Midwest on job growth over his term – 10th out of 10 states.

At just 29,723 private sector jobs added, 2013 was the worst year for private sector job creation in Wisconsin since the great recession, although 2014 is on pace to be considerably worse. Wisconsin’s rate of job growth has averaged just 1.35% under Walker, compared to 2.2% nationally.

The same numbers also show Wisconsin ranked dead last in income growth among Midwestern states over Gov. Scott Walker’s full term. 

“Even if this monthly data is correct and Wisconsin magically added enough jobs in one month to double the state’s job growth for the year, these numbers are subject to such significant revisions that they are not reliable and shouldn’t be reported as fact — Scott Walker said so himself,” Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Thursday. “There is only one set of jobs data that matters, the quarterly numbers, and those jobs figures show Wisconsin ranked dead last in the Midwest under Scott Walker.”