Jul 19, 201308:39 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Scott Walker’s economic miracle has begun; did anyone notice?
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Does one detect a note of schadenfreude among the partisans who note that Scott Walker may not achieve his goal of fostering the creation of 250,000 jobs in his first four years?
Make that “unrestrained glee” in the case of The Capital Times, the unofficial mouthpiece of the Bernie Sanders wing of the Democratic Party. If Wisconsin’s economic ranking drops two places in the International Socialist rankings, the partisan content provider sends sound trucks blaring the message through village and countryside.
But what explains the Wisconsin State Journal? So where is the Page One news story in today’s broadsheet? I’ll grant you that prison guards leaving Marty Beil’s mismanaged Wisconsin State Employees Union should take pride of place. But the state’s official newspaper missed the opening salvo of the Walker economic miracle. So read it here first:
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Wisconsin had its biggest monthly jobs gain since 1992. In June, Wisconsin gained 17,500 jobs and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 percent, much lower than the national unemployment rate of 7.6 percent. Wisconsin also was 3rd highest in the nation for total non-farm jobs over the month and tied for 2nd highest in growth rate at 0.6 percent. Here’s the BLS release: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm
“It shows that our state continues to head in the right direction,” commented Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in an electronic missive. (Here’s what the Department of Workforce Development has to say.)
The biggest monthly jobs gain in 21 years! Hel-LO-o? Anyone? I sent this missive to State Journal editor John Smalley:
Saw only a wire story headlined “Unemployment rates rise in 28 U.S. states in June.” [BUT NOT IN WISCONSIN!] Wisconsin is mentioned, btw. Might have piqued your interest.