It is remarkable what one can try to extract from data when you want to make your team look good.
In his letter to the editor two weeks ago, Ron Reynolds noted Governor Scott Walker’s record on jobs as a gain of 25,000 since he took office in January. Of course this was before the final numbers from October came out. In addition to the losses in September the official data shows a loss of 9,700 jobs in October. Wisconsin was in fact the only state to show a statistically significant decline in October.
It is interesting to look at the numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics from January through October.
Wisconsin gained 23,600 jobs in January through March of 2011, before Walker and the Republicans had a chance to do much damage. We now have a four-month losing streak and net gain of only 11,200 for the year. That would be a loss of 12,400 jobs since April. Meanwhile, our neighboring states continue to make gains. Illinois gained 30,000 jobs in October.
Thankfully, we now have an official state dessert – the cream puff. That will create jobs.