Gov. Scott Walker’s Deputy Communications Director Tom Evenson sent us a note saying our "Where Are The Jobs” editorial last week “did not fairly portray the issue to WISC’s viewers.”
He cited the following:
- More people have been employed in Wisconsin this year than at any point in Wisconsin's history.
- Wisconsin's unemployment rate is 4.2 percent, the lowest in 15 years and lower than the national rate.
- Wisconsin has added more than 45,000 private sector jobs over the year ending July 2016.
- Wisconsin's labor force participation rate ranked seventh among states, according to the monthly data.
- Wisconsin was one of only 10 states with an annual average unemployment rate in 2015 lower than 2007, the year that the Great Recession began.
Evenson concludes: "There are many other examples I could provide you to show Governor Walker's active promotion of our great state, improved business climate and outstanding workforce. There will be many more examples in the future."