Walker developing new way to measure employment

2013-01-22T14:31:00Z Walker developing new way to measure employmentThe Associated Press The Associated Press
January 22, 2013 2:31 pm  • 

Gov. Scott Walker says he is developing a new way to measure Wisconsin's employment needs.

Walker has complained about the accuracy of monthly unemployment data based on a survey of about 3.5 percent of Wisconsin businesses. The more accurate data, based on a census of nearly all Wisconsin businesses, comes quarterly and has a six month lag.

Walker said Tuesday that gap makes it difficult to use those numbers for making quick responses to the state's employment needs. He says he is moving forward with a real-time labor management system so the state can react to job needs better.

Walker previously mentioned the idea in his State of the State speech.

Walker promised in 2010 to create 250,000 private sector jobs over four years. He's far from meeting that pledge.

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  1. Scrutiny
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    Scrutiny - January 22, 2013 7:21 pm
    AdioScott, don't be so disrespectful to snakes.
  2. Dante_in_Madison
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    Dante_in_Madison - January 22, 2013 5:40 pm
    I'll bet he's inventing a new way to measure employment. 2 for me, 1 for you, 2 more for me... 2 more for me...
  3. persia
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    persia - January 22, 2013 5:25 pm
    2 2 = 5.
  4. spooky tooth
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    spooky tooth - January 22, 2013 5:21 pm
    A new way to measure, from now on a pint will equal a gallon.

    Ron Johnson is rated as the dumbest US Senator and Walker has to be the dumbest governor.
  5. array1
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    array1 - January 22, 2013 5:02 pm
    I was fortunate enough to get a copy of the readout using the new method;

    2012
    Oct Still $h!tty
    Nov Still $h!tty
    Dec Still $h!tty

    2013
    Dec Still $h!tty

    I think it needs more work.
  6. dakref
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    dakref - January 22, 2013 4:33 pm
    Of course he needs to dream up his own system, the way it's always been done doesn't make him look too good.
  7. AdiosScott
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    AdiosScott - January 22, 2013 3:59 pm
    WARNING !

    Do not take your eyes off of that snake !!!
  8. Civil_Citizen
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    Civil_Citizen - January 22, 2013 3:00 pm
    He's been making up numbers all along.
    Now he wants a systematic real-time process to make up numbers when they don't tell the story he wants.
  9. Liberalsmakesense
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    Liberalsmakesense - January 22, 2013 2:58 pm
    Of course Walker is going to do that. Guess what? Under his "new" measurement, he would have not only met his promise of creating 250,000 jobs but exceeded it.

    This Governor KNOWS how to fool people. How long will be remained fooled?
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