Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate following today's release of preliminary and revised jobs numbers.
"Today's reports that Wisconsin added an estimated 12,500 jobs in January is great news for everyone who has been harmed by Scott Walker's failed economic policies. The nation's rising tide has lifted Scott Walker's sinking ship, and we are all glad our friends and neighbors will finally see some of the relief that the rest of the nation has been experiencing for most of Scott Walker's term.
But with the good news comes some bad. Revised numbers show that Wisconsin didn't enjoy the modest job increase in 2011 that Scott Walker has claimed – Wisconsin actually lost 24,200 jobs in 2011. Even with this month's estimated gains we are still in the hole 11,700 jobs since Scott Walker took office. It is clear that Scott Walker's failure of leadership and lack of focus on helping jobseekers and employers has harmed Wisconsin."