PolitiFact Wisconsin: Did job creation fall under Gov. Scott Walker last year?

Posted at 6:57 PM, Oct 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-18 19:57:23-04

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Democrats are lining up to take on Governor Walker next year. They want his job, saying he's not doing enough to create jobs in Wisconsin.

State Superintendent Tony Evers is trying to make some noise by going after Walker's jobs record. 

"So the criticism, the claim we looked at was that job creation has fallen 70% in the past year," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin points out that Evers is cherrypicking one year out of Walker's time in office.

More than 180,000 jobs were added during Walker's six full years in office.

"The important thing to consider when looking at this claim is that there are more jobs today than when Governor Scott Walker took office," said Borowski, "and the state has added jobs every year."

So what about Evers' one-year claim? In 2015, 38,000 jobs were added compared to less than 13,000 to 2016 - a decrease of about 66%. 

"What Tony Evers is looking at is the change from 2015 to 2016 and on that point he's generally on target," said Borowski.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated Evers claim Mostly True.