Lt. Governor Defends Job Numbers

By KBJR News 1

Lt. Governor Defends Job Numbers

May 18, 2012 Updated May 18, 2012 at 3:43 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor has responded to the controversy and confusion over the badger state's job creation.

Governor Scott Walker has recently come out saying the state last year created 23,000 jobs, citing the latest numbers from the department of workforce development.

His opponent in the Gubernatorial recall election, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, says those numbers are a premature and inaccurate representation of Wisconsin's job creation based on Workforce Development statistics.

Duluth's labor market analyst says he believes the Federal Department of Workforce Development numbers are overall the most accurate way to measure employment.

But Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleenfisch says Walker's numbers more clearly reflect Wisconsin's economy since Walker became governor.

"We accumulated all that data and saw how completely off all of last year's reports were. We had to tell the tax payers that this was a win for Wisconsin." Kleenfisch said defending Governor Walker.

The Democratic Party Wisconsin says instead of training 23,000 jobs Wisconsin actually lost more than 21,000 jobs last year, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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