State Rep. Peter Barca
Press Release

Wisconsin Ranks 37th in Job Numbers

Here is the nonpartisan Bureau of Labor Statistics' quarterly census job numbers

By - Dec 18th, 2013 12:47 pm

MADISON – Here is the nonpartisan Bureau of Labor Statistic’s quarterly census job numbers.

Two things worth noting when comparing numbers – they need to be compared to the same quarter of a previous year. And job rankings for accurate comparison among states are calculated by percentages.

Here are some of the most relevant facts from today’s quarterly BLS release:

  • Private sector job creation over two full years Walker & Republicans have been in control:  Wisconsin is 38th
  • Private sector job creation over the past year: Wisconsin is 37th (Minnesota is 15th in the nation.)
  • Total job creation (not just private) Wisconsin is 41st in the nation over the past year.   (Minnesota is 13th in the nation.)
  • During this past year Minnesota has created more than twice as many private sector jobs as Wisconsin.

Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca had the following comment:

“Again today, Wisconsin received bad news on job creation. Our dismal job numbers are proof that the Gov. Walker and Republicans refusal to focus on job creation and job training is doing terrible damage to Wisconsin.

“It is embarrassing that Minnesota, a similar state that has chosen the path of supporting its working families, again created more than twice as many private sector jobs as Wisconsin over the past year. For 2014 we need a dramatic change in focus and policy that grows and strengthens our middle-class families.

“Wisconsin leads the nation in its recent increase in people seeking unemployment. This is not the direction our state should be heading.”

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