As you’d expect from the Associated Press, its coverage last week of Wisconsin employment utilized every imaginable rhetorical construction to make it appear that adding tens of thousands of new jobs is a big disappointment.
Maybe the AP is still groping for ways to help Democrats believe Mary Burke didn’t really blunder a few months ago when she claimed that job creation prospered when she was Doyle’s Commerce Secretary and foundered after Governor Walker took office.
The real numbers show the opposite, and since the AP opened the door, we’re happy to plow that ground again. The Doyle administration, also famous for tax increases and persistent deficits, presided over a net loss of 133,000 private sector jobs. Since the Walker administration took office in 2011, the net gain has been 101,000 private sector jobs. If we have to endure another six months of Democrats and the media trying to make that look like a problem for Walker, so be it. The thing speaks for itself.
Another thing that speaks for itself is Wisconsin’s unemployment rate: heading downward for a ninth consecutive month and at 5.8 percent, the lowest—let’s call it the best—since October 2008.
All of that may fall short of the 2010 campaign pledge to create an economic environment that would produce 250,000 new jobs over four years, but Burke and other Democrats harping on that number was already tiresome a year ago and it isn’t going to get any fresher between now and November.
The Doyle/Burke/Obama track record since 2008 demonstrates that government’s difficulty in creating jobs is mirrored by its proficiency at destroying them. Democrats would be well-advised to understand that it’s poor salesmanship to quibble about the record of an administration that has things moving in a favorable direction.