This Walker guy is finding his job-creating mojo.
The unemployment rate in Wisconsin fell to 7.1 percent in December, down from 7.3 percent in November, on a seasonally adjusted basis, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.
However, the state lost 1,700 jobs during December, on a seasonally adjusted basis. The state has now lost jobs for six consecutive months. The state lost 35,600 jobs during the last six months of 2011.
The 1,700 job loss for the state in December was a significant improvement from the 13,600 job loss in November.
The state’s job market is in better shape than it was a year ago. In December of 2010 the state had a 7.5 percent unemployment rate. The state gained 3,200 jobs during all of 2011, but all of the job gains were posted in the first half of the year.
So let's see. Net job gain of 3,200, but all of the gains were posted in the first half of the year, before Walker's policies were even in place. Six consecutive months of job losses while the unemployment rate goes down, which means people are getting discouraged and giving up their job searches.
If Walker's motto from 2010 was "Believe in Wisconsin again," he must have been referring to the belief in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny or, like Walker's 250,000 new jobs, something that doesn't exist in a material sense.
Good luck running from these numbers, Governor Walker.