After Wisconsin gained 13,000 private sector jobs in June, Governor Walker's office put out a press release in which he cautioned that jobs numbers would rise and jobs numbers would fall. But the report suggested the rising jobs numbers had something to do with his policies:
Between December 2007 and December 2010, Wisconsin lost over 153,600 private sector jobs. The state has netted over 39,000 new private sector jobs since the Governor called a special session to open Wisconsin for business. The state has seen 14,100 manufacturing jobs created since January.
Today, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development reported that in July, the state lost almost all of the private-sector jobs it had gained the month before. The unemployment rate rose to 7.8 percent from 7.6 percent. The culprit? Not Wisconsin:
"Wisconsin is not immune to the national economic slowdown this summer, and we are seeing the effects of the national economy in our July numbers," Department of Workforce Development Secretary Scott Baumbach said in a statement. "The wild market fluctuations during the debt ceiling negotiations, the European debt crisis and other factors contributed to a great deal of uncertainty, which may very well have affected Wisconsin's job numbers given our state's ties to the national economy."
Curious extra: Wisconsin added 4,300 government jobs last month.