Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in 2011 and '12
Scott Walker promised 250,000 jobs. How about just not losing them to begin with?
As we told you about 11 months ago, Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state from early 2011 to early '12. New data indicates Wisconsin's job market continued to stink like rotten cheese throughout the rest of the year.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from January 2011 through December 2012, Wisconsin lost 15,900 jobs -- more than any other state in the union. In fact, only two other states -- Rhode Island and Maine -- actually had fewer jobs at the end of that time period than they did at the beginning.
By comparison, according to reports from early this month, Minnesota gained 50,000 jobs in the last calendar year alone. In 2012, we had the 12th-fastest-growing job market in the nation. Wisconsin, meanwhile, ranked 40th, which is at least an improvement from 2011.
The latest BLS numbers make Gov. Scott Walker's February 2010 promise "to bring 250,000 jobs and 10,000 new businesses to Wisconsin by 2015" look increasingly absurd.
Nearly a year ago, Tom Emmer told a gathering of tea partiers that if he had defeated Governor Dayton in 2010, he would've made "Wisconsin look like the poor ugly stepchild that they are." With the latest job numbers in mind, Emmer's possible world sounds more dystopian than ever.
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