Walker, Wisconsin receive more positive economic news today
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 confirmed by the bureau show the state gained 23,608 jobs in 2011, rather than losing 33,900 jobs, which was the worst in the nation. That figure would also be 287 higher than the estimate Walker released early.
“You have my personal assurance that is not a made-up number,” said Georgia Maxwell, the department’s executive assistant.
Walker was jubilant when told of the news after a campaign stop in Janesville.
“More than good news for me, it’s good news for the state,” a smiling Walker said.
The Barrett campaign is still in denial. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett demanded to see the letter. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin put out a press release claiming that the release of the information was illegal, marking the first time the DPW has condemned a leak. However, it’s completely acceptable for the state to release the data.
Tate cited a 2006 order by the commissioner of the bureau that said it is illegal to pre-release monthly bureau jobs data, which at the national level comes with a closely held embargo and is highly sensitive because it can cause major moves in financial markets.
But the monthly BLS data, which is collected and owned by the federal government, is different from the Quarterly Census of Earnings and Wages data, which is the information Walker released. The Quarterly Census data is collected and owned by each state, Clayton said.
“The commissioner’s order does not apply to the (Quarterly Census of Earnings and Wages,),” Clayton said. “The states have the right to use it as they see fit.”
As for Barrett’s paranoid response,
However, Walker’s Democratic opponent in the recall, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, told reporters that he doesn’t believe Walker’s administration and he wants to see official confirmation.
“Anybody has a right to be suspicious,” Barrett said.
Walker’s Department of Workforce Development provided an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday from the bureau’s staff that shows it gave final approval to the numbers. The email did not say what number the bureau approved, but Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said it was 23,608, which would be dramatically better job creation in the state than figures based on a different survey of businesses.
Dipko said the numbers would be provided to the AP on Thursday and published on the state’s website Friday.
Meanwhile, a new survey by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce shows that Wisconsin employers are ready to begin hiring.
Nearly two-thirds of employers, many of them manufacturing companies, plan to hire people in the next six months, a new survey from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce shows.
The 62% who said they plan to add employees is up from 53% a year ago and 44% last December, according to the survey of 182 companies.