MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials said Thursday morning that Wisconsin added over 32,000 private sector jobs in 2012, and over 62,000 in the first two years of Governor Scott Walker’s term.
The state’s workforce development agency issued those numbers Thursday.
The data was submitted to the federal government for a national quarterly report on job trends. That report is said to be the most accurate reflection of U.S. employment, but there’s a lag of several months by the time it comes out.
Therefore, it does not get nearly as much publicity as the monthly job reports, which rely on much smaller samples of employers.
Also, Wisconsin continues to release its numbers before the national quarterly report comes out. Until then, we won’t know how the Badger State compares to others around the country.
State Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said Wisconsin had the biggest two-year increase in jobs in over a decade.
However, the last national quarterly report showed that most other states were creating jobs at a much faster pace.
Wisconsin ranked 44th among the 50 states in the increase of jobs created between September of 2011 and September of last year.
At the halfway point of his term, Walker has created about a quarter of the 250,000 jobs the governor promised to create when he first ran for election in 2010.