Wisconsin drops to 38th in job growth, trailing all neighboring states
Democrats continue to work on restoring economic opportunity for Wisconsin
MADISON – New figures released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics show Wisconsin has fallen into a tie for 38th in private-sector job growth over the past year, trailing Midwest states including Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio. These numbers come from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).
By the same measure, Wisconsin falls to 40th when removing the rounding. Wisconsin’s private-sector job growth rate of 1.16 percent was just half the national rate of 2.3 percent.
In response, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement:
“Assembly Democrats have put forward an Economic Opportunity Agenda for the people of Wisconsin. Our first ‘15 Bills for 2015’ would ensure better opportunities for Wisconsin families and workers and make us more competitive in a global economy by helping to create good-paying jobs, increasing wages across the state and connecting workers with available jobs by closing the skills gap.
“Our citizens are clamoring for a bold, vibrant economic agenda that will put Wisconsin back on the right track. It’s time for Republicans to finally work with us on making that happen – no more wasting time on partisan power grabs and divisive social issues and no more forcing a harmful, anti-middle-class agenda on the people of Wisconsin.”
Press Releases by Peter Barca
"From Right-to-Work to repealing prevailing wage, the PLA bill is just another in a long line of GOP policies that adversely affect Wisconsin workers..."
"Attorney General Brad Schimel is fighting for his party, not democracy."
"We should not be spending another cent defending unconstitutional legislative maps."
"Between the GOP leadership in the legislature and the governor, this week has delivered a double whammy for Wisconsin workers."
"It’s ironic that the Republicans are seemingly using the same lack of transparency that led to our state having one of the worst cases of gerrymandering in history"
“The GOP has let the taxpayers of Wisconsin down.”