NEW INFORMATION: Wisconsin adds 62,000 jobs in 2 years

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin has added a little more than 62,000 private sector jobs in the first two years of Gov. Scott Walker's term.

A new report released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that in 2012 Wisconsin tied with three other states for 31st in job creation.

Total job growth in Wisconsin last year was 1.2 percent. Only 16 states had lower growth.

Democrats are blasting Walker over the latest numbers, saying they are another sign that his policies are not working.

Walker's spokesman had no immediate comment on the report. Walker promised in 2010 to create 250,000 private sector jobs over four years.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin ranks 34th in the nation for job growth in 2012.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released a report Thursday showing job growth for all 50 states between December 2011 and December 2012.

The report shows that in the first two years of Gov. Scott Walker's term, Wisconsin has added just over 62,000 private sector jobs.

Walker promised to add 250,000 jobs in four years. The report shows that he's only a quarter of the way there, halfway through his term.

The report shows that both private sector and government jobs in Wisconsin grew by 1.2 percent in 2012.

The numbers are based on the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, a survey that covers about 97 percent of state businesses.

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