MILWAUKEE JOURNAL-SENTINEL: Walker falling far short of promise to create 250,000 new jobs

September 12, 2014
James B. Nelson

Perhaps the most important number coming out of the state's July jobs report is this: 29,437.

That's how many jobs Wisconsin employers would have to add each month for the remaining five months of the year in order for Gov. Scott Walker to achieve his top campaign promise --  creating 250,000 private-sector jobs by the end of his four-year term.

That's more jobs than were created for two of the three full years that Walker has been in office. (In the year that topped the figure, employers added 33,872 jobs in 2011.)

The July 2014 report said state employers added 3,200 private sector jobs. The report also revised downward by 700 the number of jobs created in June.

For our tally, we use the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which surveys nearly all state businesses, to get the most accurate picture for Walker's first three years in office.

We then use the monthly survey data to provide the most-up-to-date look at where things stand so far in 2014. You can see an updated version of our monthly graphic here.

The result is a total of 102,813 jobs created since Walker took office. That leaves 147,187 to go.

This promise remains Stalled.

Sources:

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development July jobs report, Aug. 14, 2014

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