Ever since declaring Wisconsin “Open for Business” (both during his campaign and after his inauguration), Republican Governor Scott Walker has boasted time and time again about the positive effects the “jobs initiatives” – and I use that term loosely – proposed by Walker and Republicans in the legislature were having on job creation in Wisconsin.
However, as noted over at DailyKos, May 2011 wasn’t a good month for job creation in Wisconsin, as Walker’s “job creation” initiatives created a grand total of 900 jobs in Wisconsin.
Yet Walker has been oddly silent about the most recent jobs report. The state by state report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the number of jobs in Wisconsin went from 2,763,400 in April 2011 to 2,764,300 in May 2011 (seasonally adjusted). For those of you without calculators or sharp minds handy, that’s a difference of 900. That’s 900 whole jobs created in May thanks to Scott Walker’s initiatives!
As far as unemployment in Wisconsin, that actually hasn’t changed at all since January 2011. It remains firmly at 7.4%. In fact, the number of initial claimants for unemployment (people filing for the first time) went up dramatically over the past month in Wisconsin, from 2,559 in April 2011 to 7,956 in May 2011.
Clearly Republican efforts to bust public employees unions, weaken the state’s regulations, and give hefty handouts to corporations and the richest Wisconsinites have been a boon to Wisconsin’s economy and to job creation!