Half a Century to Reach Governor’s Jobs Goal

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 10:09 PM by

New jobs figures announced today show that Governor Walker’s goal of 250,000 new private sector jobs continues to recede further into the distance. Wisconsin lost 4,500 jobs between February 2012 and March 2012, including 4,300 jobs in the private sector. March figures are preliminary and will be revised next month.

Over the course of Governor Walker’s administration, Wisconsin has added a total of just 5,900 private sector jobs between December 2010 and March 2012, as shown by the chart below.

If Wisconsin continues to add new private sector jobs at this pace, Wisconsin wouldn’t add 250,000 jobs until the end of Governor Walker’s 13th term in office, more than 50 years from now. The chart below shows just how far off pace Wisconsin is from the goal of creating 250,000 new private sector jobs in four years.

Wisconsin can’t wait half a century for meaningful job growth. If we want to increase economic opportunities for Wisconsin residents, we need to invest in our public education system, protect the health of our workforce, and preserve the safety of our communities. The last budget does just the opposite, and Wisconsin is paying the price.

Tamarine Cornelius

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