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Walker's Job Agency Breaks Own Policy and Not Releasing Most-Recent QCEW Job Numbers

During the 2012 recall election, Governor Scott Walker's campaign hijacked a government agency-- the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (WDWD)-- and ordered them to release the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) statistics on their own and a month earlier than the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) usually released the information.  This was clearly done to refute the BLS's damning monthly estimates that showed Wisconsin had lost jobs in Walker's first year as governor.  At the time, Walker called the BLS monthly numbers "unreliable" and said the QCEW were the "gold standard" for accuracy of job growth. 

To try to mitigate the early-release of QCEW as being labeled as purely political, the WDWD developed an official policy that they would begin releasing QCEW data on their own, approximately one month before the BLS.  So, for example, the first quarter of 2012 and 2013 were both released on the third Thursday in August.  

Given this past release date pattern, I was eagerly awaiting the first quarter of 2014 to be released last Thursday-- the third Thursday in August.  When no data was released, I wrote to WDWD communications director John Dipko to ask when the the QCEW for the first quarter would be released.  He responded that Wisconsin's first quarter QCEW would be released by the BLS on September 18, 2014.

Translation:  Another election is around the corner and the gov is again in trouble for poor job growth.  This time around, however, he's clinging to the BLS monthy numbers and the QCEW?  Ummm... those won't be available for another month.  


August 23, 2014 - 1:42pm