Wisconsin lost 4,300 private sector jobs in March, the state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday, bad news for Gov. Scott Walker as he nears a June 5 recall election.
Since Walker took office, the state has added just 5,900 private sector jobs — far from the 250,000 Walker promised to deliver by the end of his first term. At this pace, the state would have just 18,864 more jobs by 2015 than when Walker took office in January 2011.
Wisconsin’s economy has been a focal point of the campaign to recall Walker from office. The primary is May 8 and the general election is June 5.
While the recall drive was motivated largely by Walker’s proposal effectively ending collective bargaining for most public workers, his opponents have also said other cuts he made to balance a state budget shortfall have hurt the state’s economy…
- Wisconsin leads Midwest in layoffs, unemployment (jobmarketmonitor.com)