Six years and still struggling


MADISON – Gov. Walker shows exactly why politicians shouldn’t make jobs promises they can’t keep.

While campaigning for Governor, Scott Walker heavily pushed a message that promised to created 250,000 in Wisconsin by the end of his first term.

But six years later, the promise of jobs goes unfilled, by our union-busting, public-education slashing Governor, who may run for a third term.

A new report by the Department of Workforce Development shows the state actually lost jobs under Walker.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 

For all of 2016, state reports show that employers added 17,200 jobs, by far the lowest annual tally since Walker took office in January 2011.

The total number of jobs created since Walker took office is 185,208, or 64,792 short of Walker’s goal of 250,000.

For our tally, we used the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages — which surveys nearly all state businesses — to get annual figures for years 2011 through 2015. We combined that with monthly survey data — from reports gathered from a small percentage of state businesses — for 2016. (The more accurate final census data won’t be available for 2016 until later in the spring.)

During Walker’s first term, PolitiFact Wisconsin tracked the job count because it was the governor’s No. 1 campaign promise. PolitiFact  rated it  a Promise Broken in September 2014 after experts determined that it was impossible for the 250,000 goal to be reached during Walker’s first four years.

 For more on Walker’s promise of jobs, visit Milwaukee Journal Sentinel