Walker, Barrett View Jobs Numbers Differently

Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at 6:55 am

Gov. Scott Walker is touting new positive jobs numbers he says are a more accurate reflection of how the state’s economy is turning around.

But his Democratic challenger Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says Walker is cooking the books by releasing the figures before they have been reviewed by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The figures based on a census of businesses released Wednesday show Wisconsin gained 23,300 public and private jobs in 2011. Previous totals based on a smaller survey of businesses showed the state lost 33,900 jobs over the year.

Barrett says he has no idea whether the new figures are accurate.

Walker promised to create 250,000 private sector jobs over four years. That amounts to 62,500 a year.

The recall election is June 5, and in the recent days the rhetoric from both sides has undoubtedly been increasing.

So much so that now we’ve heard the Wisconsin Democratic Party has filed a complaint against Republican Gov. Scott Walker over his latest television ad.

The ad released Wednesday includes footage of Walker touting the aforementioned new jobs data.

The Democratic Party alleges in the complaint sent to the Dane County district attorney and the state elections board that Walker illegally used state time and resources to craft a political message in violation of the law.

Walker’s campaign spokeswoman dismissed the charge, saying Walker shot various versions of the ad in advance of when the final number was known. She says the final version of the ad was completed Thursday morning before being electronically sent to stations.

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