Another report also released Thursday by Walker’s Department of Workforce Development showed the state lost 6,000 private sector jobs in July and the unemployment rate increased from 7 percent to 7.3 percent.
The divergent reports are derived from different surveys covering different periods of time. The quarterly report, covering January through March, is based on a census of 96 percent of Wisconsin businesses. The monthly report is based on a survey of just 3.5 percent of businesses and subject to great revisions. Only the monthly figures are seasonally adjusted to reflect normal changes in employment, such as dips in the winter months, which is why Walker’s administration looks at the quarterly numbers in yearlong periods.
Walker has placed greater emphasis on the quarterly report, which economists have also said is a more accurate reflection of how many people are employed in the state.
Those figures show that between March of 2011 and this year 37,464 jobs were created. But the number of lost government jobs was 9,364, which translates to an overall gain of 28,100 jobs…