Sunday, December 11th, 2016

The MacIver News Service reported yesterday on an increase in the jobs numbers for Wisconsin after the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) finally adjusted their benchmark process. The Senate Committee on Economic Development and Local Government held a joint hearing with the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy and Mining on Tuesday to discuss economic indicators […]

Waukesha Freeman 11/01/2012, Page A08 One more time Fight the fatigue and vote “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more,” our friend Shakespeare wrote. Once more unto the breach this Tuesday to vote in an election. We’re to be forgiven a little election fatigue as the blast of politics blows in our ears. […]

Donna Cole looks behind the last set of jobs numbers on the federal level and sees job losses, not gains. Let’s look at some “real” numbers. Here, NPR’s Planet Money, hardly a conservative news outlet, explains that the 163,000 jobs gained number is bunk and in fact we lost jobs; “Everyone (including us, NPR) is […]

Governor Scott Walker and the state of Wisconsin received more positive economic news today. First, the federal governor confirmed the jobs numbers put out by the Department of Workforce Development that showed over 23,000 jobs were created in 2011, not a loss of 33,900 as previously thought. However, according to Walker’s administration, the final figures […]

State Representative Bill Kramer from Waukesha wrote an open letter to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett that appeared in the Waukesha Freeman on Friday and is reprinted over at Boots and Sabers. In the letter, Kramer challenges Barrett’s reaction to the revised jobs numbers: Earlier this week, Governor Scott Walker announced that his administration would release […]

In case you missed it, over at the MacIver Institute yesterday I wrote about how Rick Ungar and others completely jumped the gun on the jobs numbers story last week and got it completely wrong. Ungar wrote, “The Current Population Survey, favored by Governor Walker, involves calling households to ask people if they are working. […]

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, in an attempt to justify the recall after the fact, has created a new standard by which politicians should be judged. Instead of assessing their poliics at the end of their terms, Barrett would use the 16 month mark. However, applying the Barrett standard of when a public official should be […]

The Department of Workforce Development has released the local unemployment numbers and, as you may have guessed, the metro Milwaukee area suffered the most losses in the state. The Milwaukee MSA (Milwaukee-Waukesha-Ozaukee-Washington) lost 4,400 jobs in the last month and lost 3,800 jobs over a year ago. The city of Milwaukee’s unemployment rate is 10.4% […]

The good news is June did even better than previously reported, adding 14,800 private sector jobs instead of 12,900 jobs. The bad news? July sucked. Wisconsin lost 12,500 private sector jobs last month while the public sector grew by 4,300 jobs. Overall, the trend is still positive but obviously almost nobody can be happy with […]

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue issued their quarterly economic forecast the other week, and they announced the economy is in recovery with manufacturing leading the way. Then in the fine print they mention there will still be less manufacturing jobs than last year and government is now the second largest employer in the Wisconsin economy. […]