State Rep. Peter Barca
Press Release

Wisconsin continues to lag neighbors, nation in job growth under Gov. Walker, Republican legislature

State ranks 32nd overall over the past year

By - Dec 18th, 2014 01:35 pm

MADISON – New figures released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Wisconsin ranks 32nd in private-sector job growth over the past year, trailing Midwest states including Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Indiana. These numbers come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW). Wisconsin’s private-sector job growth rate of 1.45 percent also trails the national rate of 2.3 percent.

In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement:

“Wisconsin’s economic growth continues to sputter under Republican leadership and I am deeply concerned about what that means for real families and workers in Wisconsin who are still struggling to get by.

“Instead of focusing on creating a thriving economy that works for all people, Republicans have been pushing a flurry of political distractions, from rolling back the rights of workers and businesses to firing our non-partisan election referees.

“In the coming legislative session, we must emphasize economic development efforts that create family-supporting jobs and pay fair wages and ensure more job training opportunities for our hardworking men and women who want to improve their skills. Putting forward a bold, vibrant agenda that strengthens our middle class and workers trying hard to get there is only way we can start turning Wisconsin’s economy around.”

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2 thoughts on “Wisconsin continues to lag neighbors, nation in job growth under Gov. Walker, Republican legislature”

  1. Paul Calhoun says:

    And the Democrats have done exactly what to stand in the way of these obscene failures and right wing intiatives? Please tell me….

  2. Paul J says:

    Thank you Mr. Barca for arguing FOR Right To Work legislation. I’ll expect your YAY vote.

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