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Yes, it looks as desperate as it sounds, because there ain't nobody claiming these days that Wisconsin is in a comeback mode - not even teabillies.
Along with their sad hashtag, the campaign is slicing and dicing BLS numbers, so they don't look so bad - that is unless you know the numbers they are leaving out.
Walker puppet, Reggie Newson, at the Department of Workforce Development came out with a wildly encouraging press release the other day claiming Wisconsin's unemployment rate dropped a full percent from July 2013 to July 2014.
Highlights of today's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report of state-by-state employment and unemployment estimates include: · Wisconsin's unemployment rate declined a full percentage point between July 2013 and July 2014, from 6.8 percent to 5.8 percent, and below the national rate of 6.2 percent and below other leading manufacturing states of Indiana and Michigan.Awesome. Except as our super smart friend over at Jake's TA Funhouse points out, Wisconsin has had an equal or lower unemployment rate to Indiana and Michigan since 2007 - not exactly progress. Also, Indiana and Michigan had drops in unemployment (1.7 and 1.3 percent) that were greater than Wisconsin during the same period..
Walker also loves to claim (because he's literally got nothing to hold on to) that Wisconsin has a lower than national rate of unemployment. It's true. What is also true is that the national unemployment rate has fallen at a significantly greater rate than Wisconsin.
It really is what you don't say, that matters.
So, it makes us wonder why did Scott Walker climb so very far out on that limb and promise 250,000 new jobs in his first term? Did he really think that union busting, voter suppression, and forced ultrasounds would herald a new wave of manufacturing in the Dairy Land?
Hell no, he thought Obama was going to do it.
As Jake, and his smart commenters point out - in 2010, the Wisconsin economic outlook was on track to keep up with U.S. Except it didn't, not even close.
Which is why, Mr. 48% has to weasel the unemployment numbers and make them sound good, instead of telling residents that he made a gigantic promise and then fucked it up.