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  •  Unemployment in Wisconsin isn't bad (4+ / 0-)
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    Mike Kahlow, GeoffT, nadd2, Creosote

    because people have been leaving the state.

    It's not just for the South, either. Minnesota is slowly catching up to Wisconsin because it has a net in-migration. Milwaukee keeps moving down the largest metro area charts. It's hard to believe that Milwaukee was once barely smaller than the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, or bigger than the Atlanta that it lost its Braves to.

    This isn't just a Republican problem, but Walker makes it worse with his blind love of businesses, no matter how indifferent they are to jobs.

    Americans can make our country better.

    by freelunch on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:07:22 PM PDT

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    •  Still, WI's unemployment advantage is declining (4+ / 0-)

      From 1.5% better than the nation to 0.9%:

      Unemployment has gone from 239,594 in December 2010 to 212,100 in January 2013, a decline of 27,494.  Employment went up by 11,606 (n.b. this is from the CPS survey and isn't directly comparable to CES/QCEW) and the labor force went down by 15,888.

      So the unemployment rate decline that we have had is more for bad reasons (people getting discouraged and leaving the labor force) than good ones (the unemployed becoming employed).

      If those 15,888 folk had stayed in the labor force our unemployment rate would be 7.4%, just 0.5% off the national rate instead of the 1.5% gap that Walker inherited (and the US labor force has grown by 1.3% over the period in question - if those 2 million people hadn't joined the national labor force then the national unemployment rate would be 6.7%).

      Fake candidates nominated by the GOP for the recalls: 6 out of 7. Fake signatures on the recall petitions: 4 out of 1,860,283.

      by GeoffT on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 05:54:43 PM PDT

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