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June 2, 2012
Are Wisconsin jobs numbers accurate?
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker released the state's yearly employment numbers a month early in order to get the maximum political benefit from the improving jobs picture in Wisconsin. Democrats cried foul, and accused Walker of fiddling with the numbers. And the Bureau of Labor Statistics has confirmed only that they have completed the survey. The BLS will not comment on the numbers until they are officially released June 28. But Walker says the numbers are accurate. JSOnline: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko said the Washington-based agency confirmed Wednesday that Wisconsin added 23,608 jobs in 2011. That figure is slightly higher than the initial 2011 figure publicized by Walker, which showed a gain of 23,321 last year. However, Rick Clayton, a senior Bureau of Labor Statistics official on Wednesday would only confirm that the agency had completed its review of Wisconsin's 2011 jobs data. Clayton, who oversees the preparation of the state...(Read Full Post)