Wisconsin experienced a second straight month of private-sector job losses in June, meaning the state has seen negative job growth in four of the first six months of the year.

The losses, according to estimates by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, however, largely have been slight, so the two months of positive growth have overcome the downturns for a net total of 8,500 jobs added in the first half of 2014.

In June, Wisconsin lost 1,200 private-sector jobs, with seven of 10 industry sectors experiencing negative growth over May.

The state also had seasonally adjusted monthly job losses in January (200), February (5,300) and May (900). It posted gains of 7,300 jobs in March and 8,800 in April.

Wisconsin's rate of private-sector job growth during the term of Gov. Scott Walker continues to lag behind three of its four neighboring states, a trend reflected in the graphic below.

Michigan went back ahead of the national growth rate in June, but Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois all are experiencing growth slower than the national average.

The figures come from the Current Employment Statistics program, which surveys a small percentage of employers for a snapshot of economic conditions.

Here are explanations of the industry sectors included:

Total Nonfarm

Sum of 11 industry sectors. Jobs in the farming industry can fluctuate and therefore are excluded.

Total Private

All nonfarm jobs except those in government.

Mining and Logging

Jobs in agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting, mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction.


Jobs in the construction of buildings or engineering products, including highways and utility systems.


Jobs in the mechanical, physical or chemical transformation of materials, substances or components into new products.

Manufacturing » Durable Goods

A subsector of Manufacturing, jobs that produce goods expected to last more than three years such as cars, furniture and construction materials.

Manufacturing » Non-Durable Goods

A subsector of Manufacturing, jobs that produce goods expected to last three years or less such as food and clothing.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities

Jobs involving the sale of merchandise, transportation of passengers and cargo and utilities service.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities » Wholesale Trade

A subsector of Trade, Transportation and Utilities, jobs that are involved in the intermediate step of the distribution of merchandise, selling to other businesses.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities » Retail Trade

A subsector of Trade, Transportation and Utilities, jobs that are involved in the final step of the distribution of merchandise, selling in small quantities to the general public.

Trade, Transportation and Utilities » Transportation and Utilities

A subsector of Trade, Transportation and Utilities, jobs that are involved in transportation of passengers and cargo or jobs in electric power, natural gas, steam supply, water supply and sewage removal.


Jobs in producing and distributing information and cultural products, providing the means to transmit or distribute these products as well as data or communications, and processing data.

Financial Activities

Jobs involved in financial transactions or the sale, rent or lease of property.

Financial Activities » Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

A subsector of Financial Activities, jobs involved in the sale, rent or lease of real estate or other property.

Professional and Business Services

Jobs that provide services to clients.

Professional and Business Services » Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

A subsector of Professional and Business Services, jobs that specialize in performing professional, scientific or technical services for others.

Professional and Business Services » Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services

A subsector of Professional and Business Services, jobs that support the day-to-day activities of other organizations.

Education and Health Services

Jobs in establishments that provide instruction and training or health care and social assistance.

Education and Health Services » Educational Services

A subsector of Education and Health Services, jobs in establishments that provide instruction and training, either public or private.

Education and Health Services » Health Care and Social Assistance

A subsector of Education and Health Services, jobs in establishments that provide health care and social assistance for individuals.

Leisure and Hospitality

Jobs in providing services to meet cultural, entertainment and recreational interests, lodging or food and beverage for immediate consumption.

Leisure and Hospitality » Arts, Entertainment and Recreation

A subsector of Leisure and Hospitality, jobs in providing services to meet cultural, entertainment and recreational interests.

Leisure and Hospitality » Accommodation and Food Services

A subsector of Leisure and Hospitality, jobs in establishments that provide lodging or food-and-beverage service for immediate consumption.

Other Services

Jobs in areas not covered by other sectors and not in public administration.


Jobs in establishments of federal, state and local governments that manage public programs and have ruling authority.

Government » Federal Government

A subsector of Government, jobs in the executive branch of the federal government.

Government » State Government

A subsector of Government, jobs in state governments.

Government » Local Government

A subsector of Government, jobs in local governments.

Todd D. Milewski has worked for The Capital Times since 2003, covering development, data and sports in addition to working with video and multimedia projects.

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I guess in Walker world the loss of 1200 jobs is moving Wisconsin forward!


Its working. According to Walker, anyone who matters has a job. Not that his opinion matters.


i was one of those that lost their job in june and walker had nothing to do with it. in my case it had everything to do with current federal policies


Remy - so if Wisconsin had a positive growth in jobs, would that also be due to 'current federal policies?'

Or better said: If it's good news….Walker's awesome! If it's bad news….Obama's fault.


Could you expand on the "federal policies" that caused you to loose your job? If it is federal policies, then they should be affecting the country. Interesting.


retired-our current, corrupt Governor is already "giving everything away" to his rich donors. WEDC has given MILLIONS to business' (most Walker donators) with NOTHING to show for it other than schools barely keeping the doors open, municipalities charging more fees to regular people. Mary Burke is our only option to end this government for sale.


HOW MUCH more proof do voters need to know that the current Governor is incapable of creating jobs?

For the last four years he has had a solid Republican legislature to help him pursue HIS economic agenda, and what are the results???

The Governor has failed miserably to create the number of jobs he promised to the voters, Going by this article, it seems like we are losing more jobs that are being created.

Our state's economy is in shambled. The Governor has substantially increased the deficit of the state. In fact there are so many areas in which the Governor has disappointed the voters of WI.

1. The Governor opposes raising the minimum wage. This is an undisputed fact. Read http://www.wrn.com/2014/01/walker-opposes-increasing-minimum-wage/

2. The Governor is making it harder for women to sue for equal pay. It is a plain fact. Read http://feministing.com/2012/04/09/governor-walker-repeals-equal-pay-bans-abortion-coverage-mandates-abstinence/

3. The Governor has signed into law bills that make it more difficult for women to get an abortion, Read http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/04/09/wisconsin-governor-scott-walker-signs-three-anti-abortion-and-anti-contraception-bills-into-law/

4. The Governor opposes equality of marriage for gays and lesbians. Again, there is no confusion here. Read http://fox11online.com/2014/02/05/walker-says-he-senses-no-gay-marriage-movement/

5. The Governor has signed into law voter suppression bills. They make it harder for poor people to vote in elections. This is not talking point. This is a FACT. Read http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/03/27/1287814/-Scott-Walker-Signs-Wis-Voter-Suppression-Bill-Privately-No-Weekend-Voting-for-You#

6. The Governor has drastically cut educational funds for our children. Read http://wisdems.org/RecallHQ/WalkerFailures/education

7. The Governor has cut Medicaid to the poor to fund tax cuts for the rich. Read http://crooksandliars.com/susie-madrak/gov-scott-walker-cutting-medicaid-fun

8. The Governor’s actions have deteriorated the environment in WI. Read http://wisconsin.sierraclub.org/documents/WalkerDeservestheRecall.pdf

9. The Governor has neglected repairing infrastructure that is in dire need of repairs. Read http://www.addictinginfo.org/2013/09/28/wisconsin-republicans-engineer-bridge-failure/

10. The Governor refused federal funds to modernize our rail service. Read http://www.isthmus.com/isthmus/article.php?article=35669

11. John Doe prosecutors have accused the Governor of being involved in “criminal schemes” See http://www.politicususa.com/2014/06/19/revealed-scott-walker-accused-court-docs-center-criminal-scheme-involves-karl-rove.html

12. Governor Walker is viewed as one of the most dishonest Governors in the country. Read http://rocknetroots.blogspot.com/2012/06/politifact-walker-most-dishonest.html


I'm not sure how anyone can continue to support this governor and our current path. Is it spite? Is it stubbornness? It's time for a change in direction.


Who do we replace him with ? A democrat who wants to give everything away. Look at Obama, do we want somebody like him ? The lesser of 2 evils.


I see.... so it's OK for Walker to give your stuff away to corporations.... but Obama is giving your stuff away to "those people" right?

What President has had more consecutive months of private sector job growth than Obama? none!

What President had the stock market more than double while in office? none

What President gave you a bigger tax cut than Bush? Obama!

But Obama isn't the same as you are so he's evil right?

Where was Wisconsin in job creation under that evil Doyle? 11th in the Nation! Wisconsin is now 37th under Walker.... but Walker is the lesser of 2 evils....

Try selling that snake oil to the voters on November 4th


WI Taxpayer, would you please provide a source for for these statements? It's lazy to state what you consider "facts" without backing them up with reliable sources.


Sorry middle, I'm not doing your leg work for you.... it's a few seconds on the internet to confirm my statements.......

Why not ask retired to back up his "facts" with reliable sources?


Wi taxpayer, sorry... not MY responsibility to support YOUR post. If it only takes a few minutes, then you should go at it. It would lend credibility to your comments.
And while you are at it...trying to prove your "comments", you should look up sites that address the federal reserve devaluing the dollar and the impact that has had on the skyrocketing stock market...making the rich richer and the middle class and poor...poorer. Yup, let's credit that to Obama!


Wi taxpayer, I'm cheating a bit here to help YOU support YOUR comments of the greatness of Obama. But I'll give you a head start. Look at this, and many other articles regarding the stock market skyrocketing:

Beeee K
Beeee K

Now children!

We all know where retarred comes from and how he thinks. We won't have to deal with it much longer as her generation can't live forever.

But Wis_taxpayer, the stock market rise just means that the rich got richer. And often they do this on the dime of the average 401K contributor. But this time Obama handed them billions of dollars in some sort of bail-out that you and I never saw. He pacified them at our expense, with our money. Call it a bribe if you wish.

As for statistics:

Statistician's Blues
Todd Snider

They say 3 percent of the people use 5 to 6 percent of
their brain
97 percent use 3 percent and the rest goes down the
I'll never know which one I am but I'll bet you my last
99 percent think they're 3 percent 100 percent of the time

65 percent of all the world's statistics are made up
right there on the spot
82.4 percent of people believe 'em whether they're
accurate statistics or not
I don't know what you believe but I do know there's no
I need another double shot of something 90 proof
I got too much to think about

Too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It's too much to think about

They say 74 percent of everything you learned in
college is a bunch of bulls(p)it you'll never need
83.4 percent of everything you got you bought to
satisfy your greed
Because 91 percent of the world's population links
possessions to success
Even though 88 percent of the wealthiest 1 percent
Drinks to an alarming excess
More money, more stress

It's too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It's too much to think about
Pick it then

74 percent of all statisticians truly hate their f..ckin
The average bank robber lives within say about 20 miles
of the bank that he robs
There's this little bank not far from here I've been
watching now for a while
Lately all I can think about's how bad I wanna go out
in style

Too much to think about
Too much to figure out
Stuck between hope and doubt
It's too much to think about
That's right
It's too much to think about
It's too much to think about

Give it a listen!


Beeee K hahaha (is that enough e's? I can't keep track), but I think I'm beginning to like you (God help me :). You might very well be in the middle, like me...and see more truth than lies. I will pay more attention to your posts. Good Day!

Beeee K
Beeee K

Malcom (below),

I feel that the middle (middle 75-80%) is a vacuous hole where politicians go to rape the people. I'd describe myself as a mixture of far right and far left... like the Constitution.


Talk about giving stuff away. You support the biggest giver away guy on planet earth. Scott Walker takes from the poor and middle class and gives to the rich. If you can't see that, well, you just can't see. Walker has got to go!


I think that's a very insightful question. Studies show that people often refuse to change views when confronted with reality due to personal pride and fearing the damage to ego that occurs in admitting one is wrong. I'm a fan of neither political party in the US, but I especially find it puzzling that anyone could support Walker, unless they enjoy inflicting pain and suffering on others (and themselves).



It definitely is time for change. But change will not happen by itself. If people make the same mistake they did during the recall and not actually go and vote out the Governor, he will be re-elected.

In this most important election in the last 50 years, we all have to go to the polls and vote. Hopefully, we can take 10 like minded people with us.

Beeee K
Beeee K

Where do you suppose I'LL find 10 like minded people.

Is Future Governor Burke'N'stock really a change?

Isn't "change" what you promised us with Presidunce I'llbombya?

Can we just leave the Governorship vacant? Everybody cast a blank ballot?

I fear that like Gouvernor Cough Syrup and Presidunce I'll bombya, Future Governor Burke'N'stock is waiting to be elected before she reveals who she really is.

When it comes to gambling, the house ALWAYS wins. Which game has the highest payout and what is the percentage?

Beeee K
Beeee K

Future Governor Burke'N'stock is not a change in direction. She is merely a slowing down of a free fall. But not enough to avoid a catastrophic landing.

We need to teach people economic independence, not how to serve masters.


Yah and Scoot-Pie in the Sky-Walker is using his "laser focused" light saber -- fighting to keep all these jobs.

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