MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker's administration is reporting that just over 28,000 private sector jobs were created in Wisconsin last year, the lowest annual amount since Walker took office.
The figures reported Thursday have been submitted to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics which will verify and report them, along with other state figures for comparison, on June 19. In 2011, Walker's first year in office, 29,800 private sector jobs were created. In 2012, just over 33,870 were added.
The three year total is just shy of 91,700 jobs. That isn't even halfway toward Walker's 2010 campaign promise of creating 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of this year. The Department of Workforce Development also reports the state's unemployment rate dropped to 5.8 percent in April, down from 5.9 percent.