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Voters wondering how to interpret jobs reports

Voters wondering how to interpret jobs reports

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED May 16, 2012 - UPDATED: May 16, 2012

WAUKESHA- Many voters are wondering which jobs numbers to believe.

Generac is growing and adding jobs.

The company's human resources VP says there is such high demand for engineers, it's a challenge to find enough talented workers.  "I do feel that manufacturing is back and we're starting to see a turn and with that, the hiring numbers are going up," said Rhonda Matschke of Generac.  "Those tend to be positions that are a little more unique and in this market, a little more difficult to find."
 
While there is evidence to support Wisconsin job growth data, there are still workers losing jobs.

"I was let go of my job of 22 years and so it's time to get out and look for a new job," said Pete Neumer.
 
At the Waukesha Community Technical College job fair, TODAY'S TMJ4 met workers optimistic, yet unsure about hiring.
 
"They are making it seem like they have jobs," said job seeker Sylenthia Boswell.

"I told them i wanted to start at nine-$10 an hour and they said that was pretty reasonable," said Jennifer Stapleton.
 
As Democrats and Republicans debate stats, the chair of Marquette University's economics department said the timing of numbers released by the Walker administration Wednesday is unusual.

"One thing is clear.  The reason the data was released by the state government today is because of political considerations," argued Dr. Abdur Chowdhury.  "Because the actual data was supposed to be released on June 28, which is after the recall election."