Friday, September 28, 2012

Time to Party Again - AFP Style

Some unemployment news broke recently that pertained to Wisconsin and the Nation. H/T Think Progress:

New data released this morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the private-sector added 450,000 more jobs as of March 2012 than previously thought. This means that the economy has crossed the threshold and more jobs have been created than lost during President Obama’s term.

While things are looking up nationally, the outlook in WI - Not so much!

 The employment picture in Wisconsin so far this year has been grim. Whereas the country has seen year-on-year (y/y) job growth above 1.0% each month through July, the Badger State has seen y/y declines every month. As of July, Wisconsin payrolls had shed 0.8% since the same time last year. Although the state's important manufacturing sector is creating jobs, expanding at a 1.3% pace since July 2011, many other sectors continue to decline. The already beleaguered construction sector continues to be pummeled, shedding 7.7% y/y in July because of continued weak demand for new single-family homes and a lack of public infrastructure projects. And contrary to the trend throughout most of the country, where professional and business services has been a stalwart of the recovery, that sector’s payrolls have declined 0.8% here. In addition, leisure and hospitality services jobs declined 6.7% from their July 2011 level. The finance sector continues to suffer as well, dropping 1.8% y/y in July. Although the state's jobless rate has remained below the national average, it continues to climb, with July bringing more bad news, when it climbed to 7.3% from 7.0% in June.
Of course, the jobs in Wisconsin are few and far between:

 The August unemployment rate (preliminary) has risen to 7.5% from 7.3 in July, and from 7.0% in December of 2011.

With this gloomy Wisconsin economic report & outlook, what has the Koch industry extremist group, Americans for Prosperity,  have to say about it?  


Americans for Prosperity - WI present...
Freedom Fest and Concert with:

WI DNR Secretary - Cathy Stepp, President of the NRA - David Keene, Doctor Deer - Dr James Kroll, Rockstar of Radio - Vicki McKenna, celebrities from the Outdoor Channel and many more.
Entertainment by Jerry Schmitt Band
Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Kalahari Resort
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM CT
**Tickets include lunch, evening buffet and concert!**

Invited guests details coming soon...

The news coming out of Wisconsin though, is not just we lost a few jobs, it is that the whole outlook does not look good, under Scott Walker and his minions for quite some time.   News that bad to Wisconsinites, really needs to be celebrated by more than just an incompetent secretary and hate radio squawker.  Americans for Prosperity is going all out to celebrate the bad news. 

AFP is bringing in the big dogs - failed country music singer Lorrie Morgan

Nothing like a Lorrie Morgan concert to celebrate the fact that the Governor they so blindly support, has massively failed the people of Wisconsin

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