If you are trying to figure out if small businesses are hiring, it depends on where you look.
Gov. Scott Walker praised the latest national jobs figures showing a drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, but he refused to credit Obama’s policies for the improvement.
Wisconsin added nearly 37,500 private sector jobs between March 2011 and March 2012, though total job growth was only 1.1 percent because of government job losses, according to data released Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration.
New jobs numbers published Thursday are in line with those Gov. Scott Walker released early, just before his recall election, but they also show that Wisconsin was among the states with the worst records of job creation last year.
With light-rail construction engulfing the University of Minnesota, campus is covered in hard hats and neon vests. But few of those are worn by female workers.
Gov. Scott Walker’s administration says the job-growth numbers he made public earlier than normal have been verified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Wisconsin lost more jobs in the past year than any other state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Federal employees would pay more toward their pensions and new employees would receive less generous retirement benefits under a House Republican plan to pay for highway programs.
Wisconsin lost 4,100 construction jobs from December 2010 to December 2011, according to the latest federal employment data.
Union membership grew slightly last year, giving union leaders hope that a period of steep declines has finally bottomed out.