Updated—Mike Ivey has a piece out the new jobs report for Wisconsin, and the report paints a dreary picture, as Wisconsin under Walker has maintained its position in last place in jobs growth or virtually tied for last place among Wisconsin's five border states.
Wisconsin lags behind the nation as a whole in job growth as well, with the nation adding 6,484,000 jobs (5.82%) since 2011, and Wisconsin adding 88,000 jobs (3.37%).
The jobs numbers come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW).
The QCEW numbers are the standard non-partisan numbers economists use in gauging unemployment.
Scott Walker who is expected to run for reelection made an unequivocal and repeated promise that he would bring 250,000 new jobs to Wisconsin during his first term.
Walker's 88,000 jobs are 65 percent short of his promise, 162,000 jobs short; and Walker has 13 months to go.
Walker would need our citizens to get 12,461 new jobs a month to make good on his promise.
Walker's line is that he has exceeded the economic performance on the 2007-09 recession and the two years after the worst national recession since the Great Depression.
Walker will need all of his big-money cats to help him explain why dead-last in the region is good, exceeding the great recession is commendable; and bringing up the rear nationally makes his case for reelection and president.