Wisconsin has lost 21,400 total jobs in the past year of
Gov. Walker’s failed leadership
New monthly report adds to evidence of governor’s worst-in-the-nation jobs record
MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after the Department of Workforce Department reported that Wisconsin lost 5,900 jobs last month. That brings to 21,400 the total number of Wisconsin jobs lost in the past year under Gov. Walker. Meanwhile, the nation as a whole has gained jobs for 19 straight months, and neighboring states have posted significant jobs gains over the past year.
“These dismal jobs numbers make it clear why Gov. Walker and his partisan political cronies pushed their own unique, uncomparable jobs data three weeks before an election. They knew today’s data – which is comparable – would continue to show that Gov. Walker has the worst jobs record of any governor in the country.
“The monthly Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs data is the standard used by 49 other states. And Gov. Walker himself routinely cited this data in the past when he thought it benefited him politically.
“But even under the governor’s rosiest possible scenario, he has missed opportunity after opportunity to put people back to work. And he has broken his promise to the people of Wisconsin to focus like a laser beam on creating 250,000 new jobs.
“Democrats have made dozens of offers to work together on jobs initiatives and to close the skills gap. But Gov. Walker and his administration have shown little interest.
“That’s not the leadership our citizens expect and deserve. No matter what the Walker Administration does to try to divert attention from the governor’s failed agenda on jobs, the people of Wisconsin know he has taken us in the wrong direction and that his policies are not working.”