According to a report released by the state Department of Workforce Development, Wisconsin lost 800 private sector jobs in August as the state’s unemployment rate crept up to 7.9%. August is the second consecutive month of job losses in Wisconsin, despite all the focus Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the legislature placed on job creation.
In response to the news of job losses and a higher unemployment rate, Gov. Walker decided to take a trip to Kentucky to help campaign for a Republican gubernatorial candidate in that state, because campaigning for Republicans in other states is clearly a high priority.
Republicans in the Legislature didn’t take the news much more seriously, deciding not to cut short their nearly month-long vacation in September to actually take any meaningful action to create jobs in Wisconsin.