Wisconsin Saw The Largest Decrease In Employment In The Last 12 Months


Written by Annie-Rose Strasser

It seems that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) might have been overreaching when he promised to create 250,000 new jobs in his first term. While Walker has spent the last twelve months slashing state budgets and busting unions, Wisconsinites have been dealing with the consequences. New data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that Walker’s state saw the largest decrease in jobs over the last year, dropping nearly a full percentage point:

Over the year, nonfarm employment increased in 45 states and the District of Columbia, decreased in 4 states, and was unchanged in Alabama. The largest over-the-year percentage increase occurred in North Dakota (+6.5 percent). The largest over-the-year percentage decrease in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-0.9 percent).

Walker, meanwhile, told Newsmax this week that, “We ultimately saw a net increase in jobs this year.” That is incorrect, unless by ‘we’ he means a group other than Wisconsinites.

This just adds more evidence to an already existing trend: states with the most drastic budget cuts are seeing the most job losses. Budget slashing at the state level is stalling growth and reducing GDP.

Supplementing that argument are the employment totals for just the month of March. Ohio, which is led by austerity-happy Gov. John Kasich (R), lost 9,500 jobs. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) saw his state drop 8,600 jobs. And Wisconsin dropped 4,500 last month.

The era of austerity clearly hasn’t worked. Instead, these statistics show that conservative budgets have made things worse in the states where they were supposedly going to turn economies around.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Robert K.
Robert K4 years ago

Good ol' Snot Wanker, one of a large number of scumbags which includes every Republican governor and legislature and most of the ones in congress and the SCOTUS as well.

They would all need extension ladders to reach the level of pond scum.

Nils Anders Lunde
PlsNoMessage s4 years ago


Rana Newbury
Rana Newbury5 years ago

@ Jeffry: From your own link "and Wisconsin (-4,500)" really man, you can't possibly think this is a good thing, can you?

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Jeffrey has still been too long without oxygen.

Beth K.
.5 years ago

Paul B, if Walker's approval rating is above 1, that's better than it should be. You seriously think most people from Wisc, are proud and happy that their state is last in job creation?

I always wondered who was stupid enough to vote for Walker. There you go.

Ron B.
Ron B5 years ago

Walker's plan is working almost perfectly: get elected by being a stealth candidate posing as a moderate, proceed to destroy Wisconsin's economy while kissing the behinds of his corporate masters, tell blatant lies about employment numbers as well as just about everything else. The one question is will the Republicans be able to rig the recall election enough to keep him in office?

Luvenia V.
Luvenia V5 years ago

Jeffrey W., WE are the government and throughout history the government has created and did some of the BEST work. YOUR idea of privatization is NOTHING short of whoring for the Corporations. Because of people like you the last REAL work on our infrastructure was done during the Depression.

Jeffrey W.
Jeffrey W5 years ago

Well, you can believe whatever you want.

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

People are waking up to the right wing radical agenda. I believe that Walker will lose, and Romney will not ever be President of the United States.

Obama Biden 2012!

Vote Democratic!

Carl Oerke
Carl O5 years ago

Scott Walker Friend of the People. He attacks workers rights, womens rights and his policies lead to large increases in unemployment and he is still leading in the polls. Wake up people what does it take to end his political career a stake through the heart, silver bullets, wolf's bane?