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The Wisconsin Media’s Awful Unemployment Lies Against Scott Walker

How badly will the Wisconsin media lie in order to destroy Walker? Well, the latest headline from WSAU reads “Wisconsin leads the nation in November job losses.”

That sounds pretty bad. If you read the first paragraph of the story, it appears that Wisconsin led the nation in job losses for October as well as November:

For the second month in a row, Wisconsin leads the nation in the numbers of jobs it lost in November. The U-S Bureau of Labor Statistics said the Badger State lost a seasonally-adjusted 14,600 jobs last month, on top of the 9700 lost jobs the government reported in October.

So, did Wisconsin really lead the nation in job losses for October? Try reading the next paragraph of the story:

The initial monthly job loss figures are preliminary, and state Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson said the final numbers for October showed much fewer job losses. But Newson has not said that Washington’s numbers treat Wisconsin more harshly than other states — so if the proportions are the same, the state’s ranking compared to others would not change.

Let’s parse that message for a second. It says that the numbers that were reported for October were wrong, but they didn’t bother to correct them. Then WSAU goes on to speculate that the state’s ranking wouldn’t change anyway. Of course, WSAU is wrong again.

As this story from the ultra-liberal Cap Times points out,

. . . revised numbers from October show the state losing 2,400 jobs, not 9.600 as first reported. Revised figures now show several other states with more job losses, including Minnesota, with 7,300.

That’s right, WSAU deliberately reported incorrect numbers for October and made false suppositions about the state’s ranking. Wisconsin’s job losses were only 2,400, about one fourth of what was reported and the state did not have the largest number of job losses.

A few other worthy items stick out in the Cap Times article:

. . . [Wisconsin’s] unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent, marking the lowest level in a year.

. . . October was the fifth straight month where the federal agency had overestimated the number of jobs losses in the state.

Three other times this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics underestimated jobs gains . . .

I wonder why The Cap Times didn’t use the headline “Wisconsin’s unemployment rate at the lowest level in a year” instead of “Wisconsin leads nation in job losses.”

Let’s dig a little deeper into the employment numbers. Here are the employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for September, October and November: 2,819,200, 2,822,900, and 2,831,400. According to this report, the number of employed has actually grown by 3,700 for October and 8,500 for November.

So, it appears that Wisconsin had positive job growth for the last two months, and these improving numbers are reflected in the unemployment rates for September, October and November which were 7.8, 7.7 and 7.3. It would be nice to have someone reporting the news accurately, but I wouldn’t expect it from the liberal media when they are trying desperately to recall governor Scott Walker.

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December 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm Comments (0)