Official Press Release from the office of Rep. Peter Barca, Assembly Democrats Leader
Date: December 20, 2011
Contact: Melanie Conklin, 608.266.5504

Wisconsin leads nation in job losses for second straight month
Rep. Barca responds to latest bad news for Wisconsin families

MADISON – This morning, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics released its report on the national jobs statistics from last month. The release, which can be found at, shows the devastating news that Wisconsin continues to lead the nation in job losses.

In response, Assembly Democratic leader Peter Barca issued the following statement:

"The United States as a whole has been adding jobs for 14 months. Last month the majority of states added jobs, while Wisconsin continued to hemorrhage jobs as it has since the budget – Gov. Walker’s economic plan – passed.

"For the second month in a row, Wisconsin led the nation in job losses. And the latest response from the governor and his administration has been to complain about the methodology.

"Other states continue to benefit from ongoing national job gains. Unfortunately, instead of regaining ground that's been lost every month since passage of this Governor's economic plan, Wisconsin lost another 14,600 jobs in November.

"The monthly figures were used by the governor to boast at a press conference in June when they showed gains, primarily in tourism, before his budget passed. Since that plan took effect in July, the numbers have fallen every month.

"It is time for restoring our state's leadership in education and job training to become a higher priority than time devoted to fundraising and legislation written by and for special interests." 

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