Democratic Party of Wisconsin
Press Release

Walker has failed Wisconsinites on jobs

New numbers from Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Wisconsin continues to lag behind the nation on job growth

By - Jun 7th, 2018 03:23 pm
Gov. Scott Walker. Photo from the State of Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker. Photo from the State of Wisconsin.

MADISON —  Gov. Scott Walker continues to twist numbers to cover up the fact that his economic policies have caused Wisconsin to utterly fail to keep pace with national post-recession recovery.  In fact, Wisconsin would have an additional 131,000 jobs if the state had just kept up with the pace of the nation. That’s ten times the 13,000 jobs that Walker claims his $4.5 billion Foxconn boondoggle might deliver under a best-case scenario.

Over Walker’s time in office, Wisconsin ranks a lowly 34th among the states in private-sector job growth, an embarrassing failure he attempts to cover up as he campaigns for re-election.

“Job growth under Scott Walker lags far behind the nation because taking money away from roads and schools to give tax breaks to wealthy donors and corporations is not a sound economic strategy,” said Melanie Conklin, communications director for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin. “To grow Wisconsin jobs and wages, we need a Democratic governor who will invest in Wisconsin’s businesses, roads and schools.”

Additional facts about Walker’s jobs failures: 

  • Wisconsin has trailed the national average in private sector job creation for seven straight years – every single quarter since Walker’s first state budget.
  • Wisconsin ranks 34th in job growth for the period of Walker’s two terms in office.
  • Wisconsin ranks dead last in the nation for start-up businesses.
  • Nearly 2,000 blue-collar veterans are expected to be out of construction jobs because of Walker’s decision to eliminate the prevailing wage law. The total income of all veterans employed in construction jobs will decline by $113 million; about 400 veterans will lose their employer-provided health plan; and about 200 veteran workers will fall into poverty by 2018.
  • A Walker tax credit gave $21.5 million in tax cuts to 11 ultra-wealthy individuals who make over $35 million. Walker Administration could not provide proof of jobs this created.
  • Nearly 14,000 Wisconsin jobs have been outsourced to other countries since Scott Walker took office.
  • The state’s median wages, when adjusted for inflation, are lower today than they were when Scott Walker took office.
  • Wisconsin’s minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25/hour since 2009. Walker has refused to raise the minimum wage, even though a $10.10/hour wage would boost economic activity in Wisconsin by $517 million over a three-year period and create 3,800 new jobs.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by Democratic Party of Wisconsin

DPW Statement on Appointment of Brad Schimel to Waukesha County Circuit Court

"Wisconsinites overwhelmingly want their courts to be independent, but Scott Walker has nonetheless appointed a highly partisan Republican to the job."

DPW Statement on Republicans’ Latest Attempt to Eviscerate Checks and Balances

"Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald want to put their thumbs on the scale and manipulate an election that won't happen for over a year."

Kleefisch Says Walker Administration “Can’t Guarantee” What Will Be in State Level Protections for Pre-existing Conditions

Kleefisch: “I can’t guarantee what the Senate will pass and the Assembly will pass...”

One thought on “Walker has failed Wisconsinites on jobs”

  1. Terry says:

    No good jobs, FoxCON scams, Dark Money corruption, Pay to Play schemes and now poverty rates just 30 year highs in Wisconsin. Thanks for nothing Walker.

    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/wisconsin/articles/2018-06-09/study-wisconsin-poverty-rose-in-2016-despite-job-growth

    Dump Walker 2018

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us