Forecast Says Walker Will Fall Short On Jobs Goal

Monday, October 24th, 2011 at 8:09 am

An economic forecast by Gov. Scott Walker’s own administration predicts that Wisconsin will fall far short of adding the 250,000 new private-sector jobs by 2015 that the governor promised as a key part of his successful election campaign.

The state’s unemployment rate is also not predicted to improve much. It was 7.8 percent in September and the report said it would remain at that level in 2012 before dropping to 7.5 percent in 2013 and 6.8 percent in 2014.

The Department of Revenue report released Friday predicts that by 2014, the state will have added only 136,000 jobs in the private sector compared with 2010. The job growth estimate was down 43,000 from the department’s previous report released in June.

Walker promised while he was campaigning that the state would add 250,000 jobs during his four years in office. But like the national economy, growth has been sluggish in Wisconsin this year and job growth is not track to meet Walker’s pledge.

Through September, the state had added just 29,300 jobs since Walker took over in January. At that pace, there would be roughly 156,000 new jobs in the state by 2015.

Walker’s spokesman, Cullen Werwie, said the report reinforces the need to enact policies that improve the state’s overall economic climate.

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