Walker Touts "Tremendous Turnaround" in Unemployment Rate That Took Place Before He Took Office | WisCommunity

Walker Touts "Tremendous Turnaround" in Unemployment Rate That Took Place Before He Took Office

[img_assist|nid=473708|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=241]In a recent interview with The Heritage Foundation, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said his reforms are working so well that it has caused a "tremendous turnaround" in Wisconsin's unemployment rate:

"We put in place reforms that not only saved money, but they make our economy better, they help the private sector flourish: They've lowered the unemployment rate down from where it was a couple of years ago, when I first ran-- about 9.2%-- just this week it was down to 6.5%... so, tremendous turnaround."

As with most claims from Governor Slip 'n Slide, this one is just plain silly.  While it is true that Wisconsin's unemployment rate was at 9.2% in January of 2010, it is also true that it fell to 7.7% by the time Walker took office in January 2011.  In other words, most of the unemployment rate drop occurred before Walker was even in office.  

In fact, if Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped at the same rate during Walker's tenure as it did in the last year of Governor Doyle's last year in office, Wisconsin would be looking at unemployment rate of around four percent right now. 

Nationally, the unemployment rate has falled by by 2.5%-- more than double what Wisconsin's rate has fallen. 

This is, of course, not Walker's first attempt at misleading the public when it comes to putting lipstick on the pig that is his economic record. Last month, Wisconsin Little League Teams, Condo Associations and thousands of other nonprofits as "new businesses" that he had created.  

The bottomline is that Wisconsin is and since Walker took office and that can't be changed by sleight of hand.  





December 2, 2013 - 11:01am