Walker Ad Falsely Claims WI Unemployment Rate Has Fallen Faster Than National Average | WisCommunity

Walker Ad Falsely Claims WI Unemployment Rate Has Fallen Faster Than National Average

In Governor Scott Walker's , the announcers says, while showing scenes of shuttered factories, that "it had gotten pretty bad four years ago" and then cheerfully segways to "but things are different now" because "Wisconsin's unemployment rate is below the national average."   Things are indeed "different now," but not for the good as Walker claims.  In reality, Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped slower than the national average since Scott Walker has been in office.      In the month before Scott Walker came into office, December of 2010, the national unemployment rate was 9.4% and Wisconsin's was 7.8%.  Now, the national unemployment rate is at 6.7% and Wisconsin's is at 5.9%.  In other words, the national unemployment rate was already higher than Wisconsin when Walker took office, but has seen a bigger reduction (2.7%) and percent change (29%) than Wisconsin (1.9% and 24%, respectively) during Walker's time in charge.    

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April 24, 2014 - 9:02am

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