MADISON – A new nationwide report released today by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state over the past year: 12,500 job losses from January 2011 to January 2012. In the wake of this data, Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement.
The report can be found here
. A chart showing a further state-by-state breakdown can be found here
“While the nation has added jobs every month for 17 straight months and neighboring states all posted job gains the past year, Wisconsin has fallen far behind under Gov. Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature.
“Wisconsin is one of only six states in the nation to lose jobs in the past year, and our job losses are more than three times higher than the next state on this unfortunate list.
“Gov. Walker pledged to work in a bipartisan fashion on job creation initiatives such as venture capital and mining. Instead, he refused to show any leadership or roll up his sleeves and get to work on what he said were his top priorities. Now he is blaming others for his failure to lead.
“The legislative session is nearly over, and Republicans have shown no desire to devote any serious focus to job creation. I strongly renew my call for a bipartisan process to select bills that will help put people back to work quickly.
“Unfortunately – as we’ve seen from the bills set to be taken up this final week of session – Republicans continue to focus on undermining public education, power grabs and an extreme social agenda that harms women’s health, instead of jobs. Wisconsin’s middle-class and struggling families deserve better.”