New employment measurement method being created

Governor complains current way inaccurate

Published On: Jan 30 2013 03:35:27 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 22 2013 04:21:06 PM CST

Gov. Scott Walker said he is developing a new way to measure Wisconsin's employment needs.

Walker has publicly complained about the accuracy of monthly unemployment data based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses. The more accurate data, based on a census of nearly all Wisconsin businesses, comes quarterly and has a six-month lag.

Walker said that gap makes it difficult to use those numbers for making quick responses to the state's employment needs. He said he is moving forward with a real-time labor management system so the state can react to job needs better.

Walker promised in 2010 to create 250,000 private-sector jobs over four years. He's far from meeting that pledge.