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UPDATE: Latest quarterly numbers show Wisconsin ranks 34th in job creation


MADISON (WKOW) -- The most recent Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) shows Wisconsin is still lagging behind most states in job creation.

From March 2012 to March 2013, Wisconsin added 24,305 private sector jobs.  That represents a growth rate of 1.1 percent, placing Wisconsin 34th among other states in job growth.

That's a drop from 33rd, which is where Wisconsin ranked from Dec. 2011 to Dec. 2012.  That was the state's QCEW high-ranking under Governor Scott Walker.  The QCEW report reflects job numbers collected by 96 percent of all employers and had been previously cited by the Governor as the most accurate jobs report.

The state is still well behind Governor Walker's promise to create 250,000 new jobs during his first-term.

"Obviously we all would like to see ourselves not just in the top half, but you know, in the top -- number one," said Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).

Republicans are now following the Governor's lead in focusing on other reports.

"We had one the other day saying that Wisconsin had gotten up to number 2 from the Federal Reserve Bank in Philadelphia in terms of economic indicators," said Rep. Thiesfeldt.

"What's confusing to people is that, unfortunately, the Governor keeps pointing to different metrics, whichever one appears to be more favorable.  And its understandable that the public doesn't know how to make sense of that," countered Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo). 

Just last week Gov. Walker downplayed the upcoming QCEW release, saying that the numbers represent a six-month lag.  The Governor says he is more focused on the next six months.

But Democrats say its troubling that states like Iowa and Minnesota continue to far outpace Wisconsin, which has now been in the bottom-half of the state rankings for the seventh straight quarter.

"I think Minnesota's state legislature and their Governor understands that there is a public sector role to economic development," said Rep. Clark.

But Republicans say it's still far too early to judge the Governor's first-term performance on jobs.

"Time is gonna be what tells on this," said Rep. Thiesfeldt.  "Will we be able to look back in a few years from now and say, 'yeah, things really were headed in the right direction', I believe that we are.  And I think that we need to stay the course that we're on."

The governor is still pushing for new jobs legislation.  He introducing a bipartisan package of eight bills aimed at stimulating growth on Wednesday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin added just more than 24,000 private sector jobs for the year ending in March, according to the latest quarterly numbers released Thursday morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wisconsin ranks 34th in the nation in private sector job creation between March 2012 and March 2013.

The quarterly numbers are based on a census of 96% of Wisconsin businesses.

This latest data indicates that through the first two years of Governor Scott Walker's term Wisconsin added about 62,000 jobs. Gov. Walker made a campaign promise to create 250,000 jobs in his first term.

27 News Capitol Bureau Chief Greg Neumann will have more on this story in 27 News at 5 and 6 Wednesday.


MADISON (WKOW) -- The latest quarterly figures showing how many jobs have been gained or lost in Wisconsin are scheduled to be released.

The figures to be released Thursday come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The numbers are based on a census of 96 percent of Wisconsin businesses. Governor Scott Walker says the figures are the most accurate available and the best way to measure how well he is meeting his campaign promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015.

Through the first two years of Walker's term the state added about 62,000 jobs.

Last month Walker's administration released the figures before they were vetted by the BLS.

 They show the state gained about 24,100 private-sector jobs from March 2012 to March 2013.

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