Sunday, November 6, 2011

The Walker Budget Is Already Working! Part XXXIII

Coming off of a bad week when Wisconsin led the nation in new unemployment claims, Scott Walker backs it up with another big jump in new claims:
New applications for jobless benefits fell across the nation by 9,000 last week to 397,000, their lowest level in five weeks, the U.S. Labor Department reported today, but first-time unemployment applications rose in Wisconsin.

The national average of new claims over the past four weeks, seen as a more accurate gauge of labor trends, fell by 2,000 to 404,500. The number of Americans who continue to receive regular state unemployment checks, meanwhile, declined by 10,500 to 3.70 million.

First-time unemployment claims climbed in Wisconsin last week to 12,301 from 11,003 in the prior week, according to the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

As of September, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate stood at 7.8 percent, up from 7.4 percent in January, when Gov. Scott Walker took office with a promise to create 250,000 more jobs.
Sadly, the story goes on to say how Walker responded to protesters by saying, "No matter how loud you shout, the facts are the facts. Our reforms have worked in Wisconsin."

And that's the problem. Walker's reforms have done exactly what he wanted them to do. But we need a governor who wants to do reforms that will help the working people of Wisconsin, not their campaign donors and wealthy lobbyists.

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