State Jobs Report Shows Wisconsin Leaders Must Do More to Focus on Creating Jobs
“The fact remains that job loss is the overall impact Gov. Walker and the Republicans’ economic agenda has had on Wisconsin.”
MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) issued the following statement today following the news from the Department of Workforce Development that Wisconsin has lost 12,500 jobs since Gov. Walker took office and a promising estimate of a gain of 12,500 jobs in January:
“While current job estimates are promising, today’s revised actual numbers for the past year were worse than estimates, which is deeply troubling.
“While there is little time left in the spring legislative session and an agenda filled with extreme social bills, it is never too late to work together with a laser focus on job creation, as we have wanted to do for the past year. The nation as a whole has added jobs for each of the past 23 months. We need to take advantage of that national upward trend.
“Today’s revised figures show that Wisconsin has lost 12,500 jobs since Scott Walker became governor. The fact remains that job loss is the overall impact Gov. Walker and the Republicans’ economic agenda has had on Wisconsin. I renew my call for bipartisan action on job creation legislation that will help put people back to work quickly and allow Wisconsin to take advantage of the strong national economic climate.
“Unfortunately, despite holding two so-called special jobs sessions, the Republican-controlled legislature has spent more time focusing on giving money to private voucher schools while undermining public education, an extreme social agenda and power grabs. All Wisconsin leaders need to focus on economic recovery and jobs. We owe it to the Wisconsin middle-class and struggling families to help them recover and give them long-term economic security.”