Facing a recall election in early June, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has been campaigning on a promise of creating 250,000 by the end of his term. And he was getting really close! According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, after implementing key parts of his pro-growth agenda, Walker was only… 275,000 jobs away from his original goal.
The obvious solution was captured aptly by a Bloomberg headline, "Walker Dislikes Job Numbers, So He'll Put Out His Own"…
When Wisconsin job numbers compiled by the U.S. government were on the upswing last year, Governor Scott Walker traveled to Milwaukee to tout them as proof that he was turning around the state’s economy.
Now that the Bureau of Labor Statistics figures have shown for months that the state is losing more jobs than any other, Walker, a Republican who faces a June 5 recall election, will release his own.
Wisconsin lost 23,900 jobs between March 2011 and 2012, according to the bureau, which will release fresh estimates tomorrow. Walker, who promised to create 250,000 jobs by the end of his first term in 2014, says the state is performing better than that. He said while campaigning this week that he would release his own figures as early as today…
The mechanics are complicated, but in essence, the Current Population Survey being trumpeted by Walker shows a net gain of 23,000 jobs, while the Establishment Survey, which is used by every other state to measure job growth (and is the preferred standard, because the Population study reflects employment by Wisconsin residents who may work in other states, while the latter survey focuses on workplaces), indicates a loss of jobs.
Basically, Walker is Republican Jesus, except instead of turning water into wine, he turns crappy economic data into bullshit economic data.
Despite these setbacks, Walker remains the favorite in the recall election, with a positive approval rating (49-47%) and a 5% lead over his Democratic challenger Tom Barrett. Besides, if the numbers issued by the Board of Elections aren't to his liking, Walker can always come up with his own.
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