BLS: Walker Has Made No "Statistically Significant" Job Gains-- 45th Worst in the U.S. | WisCommunity

BLS: Walker Has Made No "Statistically Significant" Job Gains-- 45th Worst in the U.S.

Everyone knows that Wisconsin has lost jobs for the last six months, giving us the dubious distinction as the number one jobs-loser in America over that time period.  In an attempt to muddy the waters, however, Walker frequently says that since he became governor, Wisconsin has "added thousands and thousands of jobs."  (The idea being that he had built up just enough positive job growth in his first six months in office to offset the nose dive that has occurred since more and more of his policies have gone into effect.)  But, even that isn't true.

The truth is that, according to the , almost every state could argue they "added" jobs since Walker became governor.  This is because not all seeming positive changes in jobs numbers are the same-- 28 states had what the BLS calls "statistically significant" increases in jobs and 22 states did not have "statistically significant" increases in jobs.  

Wisconsin was one of the states that DID NOT have a change in their jobs for 2011.  In other words, as a matter of statistical significance, Wisconsin has no increase in jobs while while Walker has been governor.  In fact, Wisconsin's microscopic .12% change was the 45th lowest in the country-- right behind Mississippi!

Walker also likes to spin that Illinois and Wisconsin are two states that are going in opposite economic directions, because of the actions Walker has taken since becoming governor.  On this point Walker is 100% accurate:  Illinois ranked eleven spots in front of Wisconsin at 34th in job growth in 2011.  As a matter of fact, in 2011, Wisconsin was much lower than all of our neighbors and was far and away the lowest in the midwest in job growth. 

By ANY economic measure:  Its not working


February 14, 2012 - 9:46pm