Mon May 14, 2012
Walker reaffirms goal of 250,000 jobs at GOP convention
With his recall election just a few weeks away, Gov. Scott Walker is doubling down on his promise to help the private sector create 250,000 jobs. The governor is a long way from the mark.
Walker made the 250,000 jobs promise often in his first campaign and at the beginning of his term. You hear it less since then. But it was prominent in his speech to delegates at the Republican State Convention over the weekend, "Today, I want to reaffirm to you our commitment to help not the government, but the people of Wisconsin create 250,000 new jobs by 2015."
Based on the latest numbers available, the private sector has created just 5,900 jobs since Walker took office. And from March of last year to March of this year, Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show Wisconsin was worst in the nation in job creation.
State Democratic Party Spokesman Graeme Zielinski says that shows Walker's promise is hollow, "Scott Walker leads the nation in job loss. Wisconsin under Scott Walker has led the nation in job loss. These are empty promises and meaningless words."
New job numbers for the month of April are due out this week along with revised numbers from March. It will be the last jobs report released before the recall election.