That is, unless you ask for a statistical analysis from college dropout Scott Walker, in which case you'll get a pile of sketchy preliminary data and a lot of BS from DWD Secretary Reggie Newson.
At a time when government jobs statistics are under scrutiny as never before, preliminary data released Thursday showed that Wisconsin lost an estimated 6,200 private-sector jobs in April.Wisconsin's job growth is apparently a very special kind of job growth that hides itself from the BLS' most convention and widely-used metric.
April showed the second consecutive month of private-sector job losses in the state, according to the preliminary data from the state Department of Workforce Development.
Meanwhile, again according to the preliminary data, Wisconsin's state government added 500 jobs while the state's cities and counties shed jobs. Adding in the net job gains in the government sector, the state lost an estimated total of 5,900 jobs in April from March.
The state's unemployment rate, which comes from a separate monthly survey of households rather than employers, declined to 6.7% in April from 6.8% in March, the preliminary data show.
Thursday's numbers come amid an unprecedented level of skepticism about the validity and reliability of the monthly state jobs report.
Earlier in the week, Gov. Scott Walker released fourth-quarter employment data - not due for formal release until June 28 - showing Wisconsin added over 23,000 public and private sector jobs last year.
It was an unusual step for Walker because the numbers had not been fully vetted by federal authorities at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The new figures from the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages - which is collected from 95% of the state's private and public sector employers and deemed reliable by most economists - contrast sharply with more than a year's worth of monthly employment surveys, which suggested that Wisconsin lost 33,900 jobs last year, ranking it last among the 50 states.
Keep promising those unicorns, Governor.