WI Jobless Rate Up 0.1%, Well Below Nat’l Average
This week, the Department of Workforce Development unveiled the August jobs numbers for Wisconsin. The state lost an estimated 2,300 jobs, including 800 in the private sector, and the overall rate ticked up 0.1 points to 7.9 percent. The national average, after a net zero-job increase over the previous month, is at 9.1 percent.
Wisconsin has still created a net 29,600 private-sector jobs this year, and the state is outpacing the rest of the country this year for overall job growth, private-sector growth and manufacturing growth.
In the Assembly on Tuesday, members passed and overwhelmingly bipartisan jobs bill: a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) tax credit, on a 92-5 vote.
Unions Lead in Lobbying Cash
In the first half of 2011, organizations spent almost $24 million on lobbying efforts in Wisconsin, a 15 percent increase over the same portion of the past legislative session, according to a WisPolitics review of GAB figures released this week.
Labor unions, in addition to being the top campaign spenders in the contentious recall elections, were the top four lobbying spenders as well:
- Wisconsin State AFL-CIO: $2.3 million;
- WEAC $2.1 million;
- AFSCME Council 11 $1.2 million; and
- AFSCME International $694,422
Not surprisingly, the top-lobbied bill was Act 10.
Dem Senator Continue to Focus on Politics, not Jobs
This week, with jobs continuing to be the main focus of the Legislature, Sen. Lena Taylor took the surprising and bizarre tactic of calling for a boycott of a Wisconsin company.
On her Facebook page, Sen. Taylor said that Georgia Pacific products “supports destruction of democracy” because of its links to Democrat boogeyman Koch industries.
Members of both parties were quick to denounce the boycott call. Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said he was “shocked” by the senator’s call because hundreds of “good jobs” are provided by the company.
Sen. Taylor has shown no indication of apologizing or backing off her call for a boycott.
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