The coming battle in
over the recall
and replacement of Republican Gov. Scott Walker was initiated by Gov. Walker’s
radical anti-public employee union program.
Soon after he was elected in 2010 the Governor forced through a program
of benefit and salary cuts to public employees.
That was considered unwelcome but acceptable by the public employee
unions who recognized the fiscal reality of the state in the wake of the
But the Governor also said that in order to restore prosperity to the state he needed to effectively strip the public employee unions of their right to engage in collective bargaining. And so he did, resulting in the backlash against him that will culminate in a recall election in June. As for the state’s economy, it seems it is not doing all that great.
most of the job losses in the state last month, according to estimatesreleased Wednesday by the state Department of
Workforce Development. Milwaukee
The four-county metro area lost an estimated 4,400 nonfarm jobs in March from February, according to latest estimates. Metro
Milwaukee encompasses Milwaukee, Waukesha,
Of the state's 12 major metro areas, four registered job losses, with metro
posting the deepest losses. The
other three in negative territory for the month are Milwaukee Eau Claire
(-1,500) and Oshkosh-Neenah (-500). Green Bay
The unemployment rate in various locales did fall, but that can only mean that former members of the labor force became current members of the non-labor force.
unemployment rate, which is not seasonally adjusted and is subject to erratic
swings, improved to 7.7% from 8.0% in February. The unemployment rate declined
in all 12 metro areas in the month. Statewide, the unemployment rate fell on
both a seasonally adjusted basis as well as in non-adjusted terms. Milwaukee
It has been common throughout the on-again, off-again recovery for the two main jobs indicators - private-sector employment and the unemployment rate - to move in opposite directions. As long as the two indicators diverge, economists say the state economy likely is drifting without clear direction.
and in that case a drop in unemployment rates is a bad thing, not a good thing.
But don’t expect Gov. Walker or his party to acknowledge that there policy is not working. After all, some time between now and say 2019 jobs will increase in the state and at that time they can all say they were right. In the meantime those without jobs and those who have given up looking for work will just have to revel in the fact that at least
does not have those troublesome public employee unions.