Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker faces a recall election in June of this year and a promise he made before taking office could come back to end his governorship. Before taking office Walker campaigned on the promise that he would created 250,000 private sector jobs, instead Wisconsin faces the worst job loss rate in the nation.
According to a recent government report the state has lost 23,900 jobs between March 2011 and March 2012. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of those jobs 17,800 were from the public sector and 6,100 were in the private-sector.
Making matters worse only Mississippi and Rhode Island saw that kind of private sector job loss over the same one year span.
In the meantime Scott Walker and his campaign are touting the 17,000 jobs created during the first two months of the year, despite the 4,300 jobs that were lost in March.
As Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett bluntly told The Northwestern:
“Walker’s jobs record is a total failure, and this is what happens when you pursue ideology instead of focusing on jobs.”
In the meantime Scott Walker’s team is trying desperately to paint a rosy picture of the Wisconsin economic system. According to Department of Workforce Development secretary Reggie Newson”
“There are a lot of other indicators that we see that show the governor’s policies are working,”
Newson specifically cites the jobless rate and a recent survey for local businesses in which they project new hiring in 2012 but in no way guarantee those new jobs.
Do you think Scott Walker is about to lose his job based on general dissatisfaction with his performance as Wisconsin’s governor?