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Governor Walker’s Statement on Wisconsin’s 3.2% Unemployment Rate – Lowest Since February 2000

"We have worked hard since 2011 to get our state's economy back on track, and today's news is further evidence we are continuing to move Wisconsin forward."

By - May 18th, 2017 12:15 pm

MADISON – Governor Scott Walker released the following statement today after the state’s workforce agency announced Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.2 percent in April, down from 3.4 percent in March. This is the lowest our state’s unemployment rate has been since February 2000.

“We have worked hard since 2011 to get our state’s economy back on track, and today’s news is further evidence we are continuing to move Wisconsin forward.

“Our unemployment rate is down from 8.1% when we took office to 3.2% today. This is the lowest it’s been since February 2000, and the number of people in our workforce is at an all-time high. Our reforms are working and our future is bright, but there is more work left to do.

“Now is not the time to raise taxes on middle class families. I call on members of the Legislature to stand with me and provide continued across-the-board tax relief for the hardworking people of our state so our economy can continue to thrive.”

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2 thoughts on “Governor Walker’s Statement on Wisconsin’s 3.2% Unemployment Rate – Lowest Since February 2000”

  1. Rita says:

    Right, don’t raise taxes on the middle class. Do raise them on the upper class, particularly those at the very top. Also, raise taxes on capital gains and make sure there is an estate tax that doesn’t carryover gross amounts of inherited wealth so the political and economic playing fields don’t get tipped so far in favor of elites. One more thing, if you count the number of people working 2 or 3 jobs in this state in order to cobble enough together to pay for their basic needs, you could be the first governor to claim a negative unemployment rate. Maybe -10% or -15%. Would that make a good sound bit?

  2. Rita Reinke says:

    I’m not sure I said what is in the above reply…I think someone else wrote that and attached my name….what I will ask is this…What is the average wage of employed citizens? I doubt it’s any great deal…since we are a “Right to Work” state, which translates into “Right to Work without benefits and security of jobs; along with Right of the Employer to exploit employees.”
    My intuition tells me that anything our present government says is scewed to sound great, but if you walk daily with the citizens, you will hear a different story.

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