Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Walker Budget Is Already Working! Part XLIX

We already know that Wisconsin had its fifth straight month of job loss in November when the state lost 14,600 jobs. We now know that comparatively speaking, Walker has led the nation for the second straight month in lost jobs:
In November, 13 states recorded statistically significant changes in employment, 7 of which were increases. The largest over-the-month statistically significant job gains occurred in New York (+29,500), South Carolina (+16,600), Georgia (+13,000), and Tennessee (+9,600). The largest over-the-month statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-14,600) and Minnesota (-13,700).
Realizing he could not blame President Obama since the rest of the nation has been gaining jobs, Walker has found a new scapegoat - the methodology.

Yep, that would be the same methodology that Walker thought was just dandy when he claimed gaining 2,648% of the jobs gains last June. I'll let Representative Peter Barca say it:
"The United States as a whole has been adding jobs for 14 months. Last month the majority of states added jobs, while Wisconsin continued to hemorrhage jobs as it has since the budget – Gov. Walker’s economic plan – passed.

"For the second month in a row, Wisconsin led the nation in job losses. And the latest response from the governor and his administration has been to complain about the methodology.

"Other states continue to benefit from ongoing national job gains. Unfortunately, instead of regaining ground that's been lost every month since passage of this Governor's economic plan, Wisconsin lost another 14,600 jobs in November.

"The monthly figures were used by the governor to boast at a press conference in June when they showed gains, primarily in tourism, before his budget passed. Since that plan took effect in July, the numbers have fallen every month.

"It is time for restoring our state's leadership in education and job training to become a higher priority than time devoted to fundraising and legislation written by and for special interests."

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