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UPDATE: Wisconsin adds about 24,000 jobs over past year

UPDATED Thursday, September 26, 2013 --- 7:27 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin ranks 34th in job creation of the past 12-month period ending in March, adding 24,000 private sector jobs in that time.

That is according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says Wisconsin lags the rest of the country because Republicans haven't focused on creating jobs or improving the economy for middle class workers.

Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers this week offered a package of economic development bills that Barca has criticized as being minor "baby steps."

Walker had no immediate comment on the latest job figures. He has promised that under his leadership Wisconsin would add 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015.

Through the first two years of Walker's term the state added about 62,000 jobs.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press
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Posted Thursday, September 26, 2013 --- 7:18 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The latest quarterly figures showing how many jobs have been gained or lost in Wisconsin as of March are scheduled to be released.

The figures to be released Thursday come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The numbers are based on a census of 96 percent of Wisconsin businesses. Gov. Scott Walker says the figures are the most accurate available and the best way to measure how well he is meeting his campaign promise to add 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015.

Through the first two years of Walker's term the state added about 62,000 jobs.

Last month Walker's administration released the figures before they were vetted by the BLS. They show the state gained about 24,100 private-sector jobs from March 2012 to March 2013.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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