FULL 50 State Analysis: Scott Walker’s Worst-in-the-Nation Jobs Record… Worse Than Anyone Imagined

US economy adds millions of jobs, Midwestern states add hundreds of thousands, Wisconsin ranks dead last—both overall and private sector

MADISON – In January, we learned that Scott Walker had the worst jobs record of any governor in America through his first year in office. In February, we learned he had the worst record of any governor in America from February 2011 through February 2012. Now, a comparison of state-by-state data from the Bureau of Labor statistics shows Wisconsin is dead last in job loss over the last 12 months—both in the private sector and overall.

PRIVATE SECTOR JOBS: 50 STATE COMPARISON: LINK TO FULL CHART

  • Over the course of the last 12 months, the US economy has added 2,099,000 private sector jobs, while at the same time Wisconsin’s economy has lost 6,100.
  • By comparison, other Midwestern states all gained jobs. Michigan (+65,300), Ohio (+63,100), Illinois (+41,300), Indiana (+39,900) and Minnesota (+39,100). In fact, only two other states in America lost jobs.

TOTAL NON-FARM JOBS: 50 STATE COMPARISON: LINK TO FULL CHART

  • Over the course of the last 12 months, the US economy has added 1,899,000 overall (non-farm) jobs, which at the same time Wisconsin’s economy has lost 23,900.
  • By comparison, other Midwestern states all gained jobs. Michigan (+59,600), Ohio (+56,500), Indiana (+36,200), Illinois (+31,700), and Minnesota (+31,500). In fact, Wisconsin was the only state in America to experience a statistically significant job loss.

“As the national economy continues to add hundreds of thousands of jobs monthly, Scott Walker’s job-killing policies – bought and paid for by wealthy out-of-state donors funding his recall defense – have left Wisconsin dead last for job growth in all of America. It’s shameful,” said We Are Wisconsin executive director Kirsten Crowell. “While other Midwestern states consistently add jobs, Wisconsinites turn on their televisions to Orwellian ads that proclaim Scott Walker’s economic policies are working – while the cold hard facts show that Walker has the worst jobs record of any governor in America.”