Gov. Walker: Growth in Wisconsin Jobs

Gov. Scott Walker says he "will continue to focus on growing Wisconsin jobs for workers and for families." How do you think he is doing?

The state partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file, you can right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Here is the transcript from Thursday’s address, titled Growth in Wisconsin Jobs.

Hi, this is Scott Walker.

Wisconsin’s economy is improving. 

Recently, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) sent federal government actual jobs data compiled from unemployment insurance reports submitted by nearly every business in Wisconsin.  The actual jobs count showed that Wisconsin added 37,464 private-sector jobs from March of last year to March of this year. There was also good news for important economic sectors such as manufacturing, where more than 12,000 new jobs have been added.  Beyond the raw jobs numbers, the data revealed other positive indicators, which showed that overall wages grew by more than 7 percent. 

Last year, I indicated I will track job growth by the actual job count data instead of other statistics like the monthly job estimates, because the job count is widely regarded as more accurate.  We will continue using this measurement as we evaluate the overall strength of Wisconsin’s economy in the future. 

Moving forward, I will continue to focus on growing Wisconsin jobs for workers and for families.

Ed Holladay August 27, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Sure, things are better than when the bottom fell out under Bush (it was a national issue)/ Doyle. Obama has presided over a very modest recovery, but we have sort of been left out of the recovery in Wisconsin. A lot was taken from workers and poor people, and more tax breaks for the rich. It will be worth the tough medicine if we see 250k jobs. So, we wait.
Steve ® August 27, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Collective bargaining was never a right. Like I said you can not be trusted.
Greg August 27, 2012 at 08:10 PM
The only jobs that the special session is intended to save is the jobs of the obstructionist Democrat Legislators. They had a full session to present jobs legislation, they will have another full session as scheduled. Why do the Democrats require a majority to do right by the people they represent? Don't you think the majority will last? As for the post recall hiring wave, do you have any clue how jobs are created?
Greg August 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Please explain how "(which cuts available discretionary dollars from the state's economy)" comes into play. Is it not discretionary spending if it is spent by the employees of the road builders or even by the tax payer in general? Why do you need to tax me more so the teachers can spend my money, for it to benefit the state's economy? The race to the bottom is being won by states like Illinois and California, that seem to have taken the opposite path Wisconsin did. The "go move there" statement is just plain childish.
Bucky September 02, 2012 at 02:45 AM
@Steve ... Stevie took it up the azz long before the blue fisters , and loved it !


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