Wisconsin loses more jobs than any other state in past year

Greta Kaul

 

Wisconsin lost 23,900 jobs in the last year — nearly seven times more than any other state, the Star Tribune reports.

From March 2011 to March 2012, 17,800 of the jobs lost were government jobs, and 6,100 were private sector jobs.

No other state lost more than 3,500 jobs, the Milwaukee Sentinel reports, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Democrats blame Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who faces a recall election in June, for the state of Wisconsin's economy. Walker’s administration points to a better job outlook for the rest of 2012 as a sign of better days to come. The state’s unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2008.