Tag Archive for Department of Workforce Development

Real Wisconsin Job Numbers Show Another Loss

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There is “Real Wisconsin Cheese” and there is cheese in a can. In the same way, there are real labor statistics and there are fake labor statistics. On Wednesday, Reggie Newsen, the Secretary of the Department of Workforce Development (DWD), created a smokescreen with a set of job numbers that showed modest job growth in more »

Are You Kidding Me? Another Month of Job Losses?


I have mixed feelings about the ease of my self-assigned task of reporting Wisconsin’s employment data in the worst light possible. Obviously it hurts to see so many Wisconsinites still looking for full-time, decent-paying jobs that just aren’t there, but it’s no surprise that Walker’s economic strategy has resulted in a 6th straight month of more »

Walker Administration Finds New Excuse For Job Losses

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released preliminary national employment numbers today for the month of November. Once again, Wisconsin leads the way in job losses – 14,600 jobs lost after adjusting for seasonal factors. From the BLS report: The largest over-the-month statistically significant declines in employment occurred in Wisconsin (-14,600) and Minnesota (-13,700). more »

Walker, Fitzgerald Attempt Smokescreens While Recall Succeeds and Job Creation Fails

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Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Governor Scott Walker each yelled “squirrel” today, attempting to distract the hounds that are getting close to recalling Walker. Fitzgerald spewed some nonsense about restructuring the non-partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB), the agency that oversees elections in Wisconsin. He also introduced a bill to make signing a recall petition more more »

Job Craters and Carnival Rides


Poking around the web, I found some projections authored in August 2010 by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Office of Economic Advisors (OEA). Their best guess is that Wisconsin will experience a net loss of 10% of all manufacturing jobs between 2008 and 2018. This is on top of the thousands of jobs more »