For all the protests public union employees in Wisconsin organized this past year in an attempt to halt labor reforms within the state’s budget proposed by Governor Scott Walker, a Republican, it looks as if Wisconsin is on it’s way to growing more jobs than many naysayers ever predicted. (h/t Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit)
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: (bolding is mine)
Wisconsin bucked a lackluster national trend in June and added an estimated 12,900 private-sector jobs from May to June, representing the largest single-month gain of private sector jobs since September 2003.
Hailing “incredibly good news,” Gov. Scott Walker took the unusual step of traveling to Milwaukee to present the state’s latest monthly unemployment report in person. Some of the good news stems from the policies of his 6-month-old Republican administration, he said, but added that the overall business climate or “motivation” was also a factor that worked in the economy’s favor.
Citing the latest data, which Wisconsin receives from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Walker noted that Wisconsin effectively created half of the net new jobs in the nation last month, which was an abysmal month for national job creation.
Total net new jobs in Wisconsin last month rose 9,500 because a continued decline in government employment offset some of the gains of the private-sector job creation. That compares to an equivalent national figure of 18,000, which derives from net new U.S. private-sector growth of 57,000 jobs minus the drop of 39,000 in government payrolls.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released the following statement on June employment numbers in early July, remarking that, “Nonfarm payroll employment was essentially unchanged in June (+18,000)…” The current national unemployment rate remains at 9.2 percent.
Governor Walker has yet again showed his reforms are working. Byron York at the Washington Examiner reported in June that a Wisconsin School district found itself facing a $400,000 deficit before Mr. Walker and the Wisconsin state legislature passed the the state budget amid a bitter battle with Democrats who left the state in protest. A few months following the budget’s passage, The Kaukauna School District found itself with a $1.5 million surplus.