Last week Governor Walker claimed that
was responsible for half the nation’s monthly job growth. Wisconsin
Republican Party politicians and operatives have run with
’s numbers, arguing they prove that his program of corporate and investor tax cuts and reduced regulation is working. Walker
’s jobs victory dance iin perspective. Walker
Texas (+32,000), California (+28,800), Michigan (+18,000), Minnesota (+13,200) and Massachusetts (10,400) had more job growth than . Wisconsin
Using the Bureau of Labor Statistics data Walker touted, Texas was responsible for almost 200% of net job growth in June, California 150%, Michigan 100%, Minnesota 65% and Massachusetts slightly more than 50% .Nor was Wisconsin’s monthly percentage increase among the nation’s largest.
Alaska experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase in employment (+1.7 percent), followed by North Dakota (+1.2 percent), Vermont (+0.9 percent), and (+0.8 percent). South Dakota
was one of only 9 states that reported statistically significant over-the-month unemployment rate increases in June. Wisconsin
These numbers illustrate what a useless, misleading and politically motivated statistic Governor Walker and DWD used in claiming half the nation’s job growth.
It is useless, misleading and politically motivated because it creates a distorted perception of the state’s job creation record for overtly political purposes-promoting
economic program. Walker and his
More importantly, there is ZERO evidence that
’s June job growth has anything to do with anything that Governor Walker or the current legislature has done. Economists recognize that there are lags between the adoption of economic policy, its implementation and the policy’s impact. Given the reality of policy lags, there has simply not been enough time for Wisconsin Walker’s initiatives to have had the impact that the administration claims. Walker
The creation of 9,500 jobs is a positive development. But it hardly justifies the Governor’s jobs victory dance.