One measure shows Wisconsin's employment picture improving since Gov. Scott Walker took office in January 2011, but the most recent jobs numbers tell a different story.
On the same day it cheered data showing Wisconsin has gained some 62,000 private-sector jobs over the past two years, the Department of Workforce Development on Thursday quietly released the latest federal figures showing the state losing 22,000 jobs in April. The monthly jobs loss — indicated in preliminary, seasonally adjusted Current Employment Statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, was the biggest monthly decline since April 2009, near the end of the Great Recession.
The state lost 22,600 private-sector jobs between March and April and another 1,500 public jobs according to the Current Employment Statistics, which samples around 3.5 percent of Wisconsin employers monthly.
But state officials were quick to direct attention away from the April numbers toward figures from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, which showed that Wisconsin gained more than 62,000 private-sector jobs in 2011 and 2012.