MADISON (WKOW) -- Thursday, we will learn how Wisconsin ranks among other states in job growth after the release of the latest Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages.
These numbers will show total employment from the fourth quarter of 2011 to the 4th quarter of 2012.
Some states, including Wisconsin, release their numbers early. Preliminary research by WKOW 27 News Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann shows 18 states released their numbers early, and among those, Wisconsin ranks 13th in total job growth. The state numbers show growth of 1.2%.
"I think the policies that've been passed the past couple years by the Republicans have led us in the economic ditch," said Democratic Representative and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, when responding to questions about the impending jobs numbers. "And they continue to pursue policies which, over time, have proven not to be effective, such as giving over 10 times the tax relief to the people at the top versus the middle class, which we know would stimulate the economy."
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos expressed the numbers will show improvement over Wisconsin's 44th place ranking in private sector job growth in the previous quarterly report.
"Yes, it's been going slower than we would've ever wished," Rep. Vos said. "But at the same time we definitely know it's going in the right direction. I think tomorrow we will see that when those numbers come out, Wisconsin is continuing to head in the right direction."