Wisconsin 42nd in Private-Sector Job Growth, Report Says

Data shows that Wisconsin saw an increase of 35,381 private-sector jobs, a 1.5% increase, during a 12-month period ending in June. The top U.S. state saw a 12.1% increase in private-sector job creation.

Gov. Scott Walker won a recall election contested largely on economic issues, but the state ranked in the bottom 20 percent in the nation in private-sector job creation in the nation in the 12 months ending last June, according to government jobs data.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Wisconsin added just over 35,000 private-sector jobs, according to the Quarterly Census on Earnings and Wages, which covers 96% of the nation's public and private sector employers. That's a 1.5 percent increase.

The 12 months of job creation data is considered by economists to be the most accurate information of hiring in the country, according to the Journal Sentinel. And the end of the measuring period coincided with the recall election victory of Gov. Walker. His campaign win was based on economic issues such as job growth.

Walker’s office was pre-releasing census job data each quarter, but did not compare the data to other states, the Journal Sentinel reported. Top-ranked North Dakota had a 12.1% increase in private-sector hiring; Utah and Texas were above 4 percent.

Wisconsin did rank 20th in private-sector manufacturing jobs compared to other states. It saw in increase of 11,788 new production jobs.

Bob McBride January 10, 2013 at 04:42 PM
I knew that wouldn't take long. He could have asked them to sprout wings and fly around the room, too. We can get into the whole topic of Obama's "master" negotiating skills too, if you'd like. I've got plenty of thoughts on that... Once again, Randy, the point is not "it could have been worse". The point is that there are a lot of people out there who bought the "us against them", protecting the middle class line and a goodly number of them are gonna be in for a shock when they get their first paycheck of the year - or whichever one that ends up being the one where the FICA hit takes place, since it appears there's some employers playing catchup on that. Wait and see....
Walker January 10, 2013 at 04:51 PM
The tax on medical devices was 2.5% not 20%. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Affordable-Care-Act-Tax-Provisions If your device went up 20% it was because the company did it not because of a 20% tax increase.
Young Conservative January 10, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Thank you Our dear son, his Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu oumama!! Thank you for increasing our costs of living.
Walker January 10, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Make that 2.3%. http://www.irs.gov/uac/Medical-Device-Excise-Tax:-Frequently-Asked-Questions
Young Conservative January 10, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Hey Walker, that is 2.5 % on Gross Sales, do I need to do the math for you?
Walker January 10, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Be my guest.
Greg January 10, 2013 at 05:13 PM
When Obama promised that the middle class would not pay ONE penny more in taxes, he was right on the mark. We will pay many pennies, measured best in hundreds or thousands of dollars each. Like moninmist said, we need to work on our comprehension. At least those that voted for him do, I knew the lie when I saw his lips move.
Greg January 10, 2013 at 05:17 PM
I've been working on my comprehension and I just finished the Rosetta Stone course, so now I understand Lefty.
morninmist January 10, 2013 at 05:52 PM
People without health insurance need insurance --or we all pay. Simple as that. Here is part of a very good editorial: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/walkers-badgercare-decision-0c8aedg-186228611.html ....In addition to giving hundreds of thousands of low-income Wisconsinites the freedom to control their own health care decisions and to get ahead economically, accepting the new federal Medicaid money also will create jobs in the health care industry. According to an independent analysis by Jack Norman commissioned by Citizen Action of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, the $12 billion in federal money for BadgerCare will generate a net of 10,000 new jobs. These new jobs will especially benefit women. A recent report by the National Women's Law Center found that Medicaid spending currently creates over 65,000 jobs in Wisconsin's health professions, 80% of which are held by women. The public good done by filling the holes in BadgerCare justifies increased state spending, but the deal offered to Wisconsin under health care reform is so favorable that the state budget will actually save millions of dollars. Walker's health services secretary, Dennis Smith, seems to be laying the groundwork for turning down the money, claiming last month that it would be costly for Wisconsin. However, according to the Kaiser study, Wisconsin would actually save $248 million over the next 10 years .....
Bren January 10, 2013 at 07:35 PM
ann, "snail mail" is a nickname for traditional mail, sorry for the confusion. I have no information about the impact of ATMs on bank teller hires. Greg, I am informed about the reality of the K-12 education cuts in MPS frequently. Numbers dance and kids are cheated out of getting the well-rounded education that the previous generation took for granted. The idea of teachers "ripping off taxpayers" is one of the memes promulgated by the AFP/Koch-funded ALEC Union Stripping bill promotions that launched in February 2011. As an "independent" I prefer to do my own research and concluded that civil servants remain respectable citizens.
BassGreat January 11, 2013 at 09:52 PM
Where did Guernsey go? So tell us, dear Republicans. Why is Wisconsin 42nd in private-sector jobs? Y'all do know how to create jobs is all we've been hearing. Perhaps it's time to quit believing what you wish to believe instead of the facts at hand.
Greg January 11, 2013 at 10:10 PM
It may have something to do with people expecting everything to be handed to them on a silver platter. Heck, there are even people out there that are too lazy to read the other 79 comments on a blog, and find the answers for themselves. Guernsey is still there, but the jobs are gone thanks to two Democrat X-Senators on a power trip. Y'all could have Googled that too.
Avenging Angel January 11, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Really? Trying to blame Republicans because some Democrats concluded Guernsey had "too much market share"? Get your facts straight. Remember, it is better not to post and have people believe you're ignorant, than to post like you did and remove all doubt.
Richard Head January 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM
"Richard, when people retire they generally stop thinking of work and focus on what they can and should do with the rest of their lives." I am fine with this, i am also fine with them moving away - but those who retire on the WRS need to continue to pay their fair share. When they leave the State, they are taking the State's money away from local businesses and taxing authorities. That is why I support a mandatory income tax on all WRS pensions - even if they choose to leave the State. in cases where they leave the State, and additional 10% penalty should be applied. It's only fair and equitable for all involved.
Lyle Ruble January 12, 2013 at 12:13 AM
@Steve...As hard as you've pushed on this mining issue, I wonder what kind of skin you've got in the game. I spent nearly three decades working in the resource extraction and processing industry. I've been to all types of mines all over the country and the world and there are always negative impacts to mining. The trick is to mitigate the impact to minimums and make it possible for full reclamation. I think it is always prudent to be very careful when considering a mining operation. I don't entirely trust those who support pushing mining operations until there are fully completed environmental impact studies. The problem with our current state legislature is that none of them are experts in mining and mining regulation. The mining companies will promise "pots of gold at the end of the rainbows", but that rarely is the case. If it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is. As far as being able to do a full impact study, I am not sure you can effectively tie it to a two year period, let alone one year. I don't think you have enough information to continue pushing as hard as you have been. Take some advice from someone who has experience in these things, wait and see.
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM
Bren, exactly what was not above board the first time around?
Steve ® January 12, 2013 at 07:38 AM
Lyle - I have 20+ direct and indirect years is this industry. This bill doesn't out right approve the mine. Far from it. Enviro studies, lots of exploration holes drilled (god bless them) and tailings pile plans etc still have to be run but at the least they are given a deadline. Let the process start! And let it end. Don't tell me MN has mining experts on their state senate. My current business and 100% of my revenue does not come from mining directly. Indirectly yes but everyone can say this, even though they will never admit it. I am in the hobby industry now. I have lived, as you have, how many make a great living on resource extraction.
Steve ® January 12, 2013 at 07:42 AM
That is far from lefty. It is a mix of a crappy Internet bot combined with a retarded IT guy. Kudos.
Steve ® January 12, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Randy. The middle class is paying more to the gobument under Obama. He needs to feed off of them to ay for socialism. Thanks for voting for more spending, can I send you the bill?
Steve ® January 12, 2013 at 07:51 AM
It is Craig. And the media never reported enough on this, by design. It produced more low information Obama bots and we have our current situation. Some how a republican will be blamed for the price increases and gun control will still be a distraction from the black president taxing everyone to pay for his socialism.
Steve ® January 12, 2013 at 08:00 AM
It would cost pennies to pay for HI for all the poor ass lazy fools. Instead we pass a multi trillion economic take over bill. Keep eating what they feed you. You can't create jobs from borrowed tax money when there isn't a net gain of income coming from the private economy. Socialism, at one point you run out of someone else's money. Ever hear that before? Queen bee Nancy tried to play this card on UI. And was laughed at. Private money makes the world go round dum dum. Nd in case you haven't noticed the community organizer is spending 1 trillion+ per year more than what we take in revenue. And as a result we all are now 16.5 trillion in debt. Plus interest. Which someday soon will skyrocket. Can I send you the bill as a low informed Obama voter?
Steve ® January 12, 2013 at 08:03 AM
Democrats said no to a mine. They wanted. Recall instead. % can't be compared per state dum dum.
morninmist January 12, 2013 at 04:11 PM
We wanted the mine but it has to be safe for the people and the land. Republicans did not care about the people nor the land last year. Lets see if they care now. .................... Steve ® 2:03 am on Saturday, January 12, 2013 Democrats said no to a mine. They wanted. Recall instead.
morninmist January 12, 2013 at 04:50 PM
@GovWalker This is NOTHING to crow about either! Renee @PurrpleCatMama 3d Wisconsin also ranked 50th in per capita public health funding at $39. #wipolitics #wiunion bit.ly/RGlRuq
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 04:54 PM
Bren wrote: "Since data show that wages are on average $1,500-$5,500 lower per annum in RTW states, I won't be rushing to support this ALEC legislation. I'd like to make more money, not less, but mine may not be the majority opinion." Maybe you need to look at where forced unionism exists. California, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Illinois...some of the most expensive places to live in the country.
morninmist January 12, 2013 at 05:00 PM
More bad news! http://jakehasablog.blogspot.com/2013/01/context-on-jobs-mattersand-shows.html ....The wage story is even more scarier when you look at how Wisconsin's figures compare to the previous quarter- it dropped from $826 a week in Q1 2012 to $778, a drop of 5.8% in 3 months. Now, some of that is due to Summer jobs leading to more part-time work and driving the average wage down (see, unlike Scotty, I'll look past the "raw data" for context). But when you look at the time since Wisconsin bottomed out from the recession, the trend is not Scotty's friend, with the two worst marks in wage growth since the start of 2010 have been in the last 9 months. ................
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Aaron wrote: "The growth numbers are not fantastic but there are quite a few openings out there..." Part of the problem is that the jobs do not offer $100,000/year with car and expense account. I have met waaaaaaaaay to many people that don't want to get into an entry level job because they feel they are above that. It is just too easy to sit at home for two years and collect an unemployment check. Aaron, you are right when you say "It isn't any politician's job to find anyone else one." But it should also not be a politicians job to create disincentives for people to work.
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Steve is right, ObamaCare is just a way for the Federal government to take over one-sixth of the economy. morninmist's link has one very interesting comment: "Under the Affordable Care Act, health coverage is expanded in two primary ways: building competitive health insurance marketplaces (called exchanges) for moderate- and middle-income people..." So, if competition is good, why don't we relax regulations to open up competition, make it fairer and easier for companies to cross state lines, and allow more innovative plans.
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Greg wrote: "I've been working on my comprehension and I just finished the Rosetta Stone course, so now I understand Lefty." Greg, I'm worried. Doesn't a stunt like that potentially cause brain damage?
The Anti-Alinsky January 12, 2013 at 05:27 PM
morn, the mining bill was not about ignoring environmental laws. We still have the EPA, DNR, ACE and GOD knows how many other that still have to give their approval. The bill would have eliminated the need for the redundant studies and hearings that killed the Crandon mine.


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