WI Drops to 44th in Job Creation: Gov. Responds
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A new federal report says Wisconsin is among the worst in the nation when it comes to job creation. The "badger state" Has dropped to 44th for creating private sector jobs. A year ago we were 42nd.
During his stop in Green Bay today Governor Walker" says the report doesn't tell the whole story.
Governor Walker continued his manufacturing tour today visiting different companies in his attempt to help create more jobs in the state of wisconsin. However democrats say this new report shows the Governor is focused on something else.
"I've really tried to put my focus on workforce involvement and job creation issues," says Governor Scott Walker.
State Senator Dave Hansen Says that's not true.
"We have been going backwards," says Hansen.
When it comes to job creation, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Wisconsin 44th in creating private sector jobs, now the worst in the midwest.
Senator Hansen says the governor is not staying put in the state and trying to fight the issues that plague Wisconsin. "It seems like the Governor is more interested in spending time in Texas, and Naples, Florida, Nebraska, and Iowa. He should be staying in Wisconsin working hard to create jobs."
Governor Walker spent his day visiting manufacturers across the state Including here at M and M Tool and Mold Incorporated in Green Bay to highlight the importance of the industry.
When asked about the recent ranking, he says those numbers are delayed. "For us it's less about rankings and more about how many more people are back to work and how many families will benefit from that," says Walker.
Hansen says there has been a significant drop in job rankings. "We've got to do it better."
It may be something the Governor is concerned about. "It's why I'm out so often and we're also trying to draw attention to the details and to focus in on jobs."
And is the primary focus for legislators going forward. Other midwestern states that ranked better than wisconsin include Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The report looked at job creation numbers from September 2011 to September 2012.