Well, Scott Walker and Wisconsin has become an ideological focal point for the GOP and the Dems. One of the many battle cries for Walker supporters is that he's doing so well for the people economically. Well, let's take a look at that assertion: This month: Down Updated: Thursday, April 19th, 2012 | By James B. Nelson The up-and-down pattern of the state's monthly jobs report continued in March 2012. This time, the numbers took a dip, showing Wisconsin lost an estimated 4,300 private sector jobs. Additionally, the state Department of Workforce Development revised up by 2,100 the number of jobs added in February. The new report says that there were 6,100 jobs added in that month. We are using the monthly numbers to measure progress by Gov. Scott Walker on achieving his top campaign promise: The state adding 250,000 private sector jobs by the end of his four-year term. The monthly jobs numbers are preliminary estimates and are compiled by survey data. The new report puts state private-sector employment at 2,329,500, compared with 2,323,600 when Walker took office -- an increase of 5,900 jobs. That leaves the governor with 244,100 jobs left to reach 250,000. Walker has taken a love-hate approach to the monthly jobs numbers. He has celebrated increases with news conferences and television ads. And when they"ve declined, members of his administration have criticized the figures as being sloppy. This month, the administration put an entirely new spin on the numbers. For the first time, they discussed an indicator called Help Wanted OnLine, compiled by the Conference Board, a national business organization. That indicator, state economists said, suggests that the job numbers will increase for the month of April. This promise remains In the Works. (Editor's note: An earlier version of this item used March numbers from 2011 instead of 2012. It has been corrected to reflect a net increase of 5,900 jobs instead of 12,000 jobs, and 244,100 jobs left to reach 250,000. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/...0000-new-jobs/ --------------------------- since he took office and enacted his program "Wisconsin has lost more jobs...than any other state", according to Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. What follows is an analysis of Scott Walker's economic performance. The figures below are all seasonally adjusted, all statistics courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 1) Total Jobs: "In Gov. Walkers first 13 months (using December 2010 as the baseline), the state lost 8,500 non-farm jobs. That was worst among the 50 states. Only four other states experienced a net decrease in that time. If you take the most recent 12 months -- January 2011 to January 2012 the state lost 12,500 non-farm jobs, also worst in the nation, a fact Democrats have seized on." 2) Government jobs: "Wisconsin shed 14,500 public-sector jobs during Walkers first thirteen months. That was the fifth-biggest decrease among 50 states in terms of total jobs lost, and the second biggest decrease in percentage terms (3.5%) after Texas." 3) Private-sector jobs. "In Walkers first year in office (ending last December), Wisconsin had the 49th worst record for private-sector job growth, losing 9,700 jobs. But preliminary January numbers released last week were the best of any month so far of the Walker tenure: private-sector jobs rose by 15,700. That now puts the state in the positive column for net private job growth during the governors first 13 months, with 6,000 jobs added. Still, its a long way from the governors campaign promise of 250,000 new private-sector jobs during his first term. It also places the state 36th among the 50 states in private-sector job growth since Walker took office..." 4) Wisconsins performance compared to the nation. "The state has lagged substantially behind the national pace in private-sector job growth..."http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/0...nor-In-America So if Walker survives the recall, it's going to be REAL interesting to see all those unemployed Wisconsinites dance for joy, and watch the national GOP try to overlook the financial failure of Walker's neocon/teabagger agenda.