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VP Mike Pence right about Wisconsin jobs increase

Posted: 9:42 PM, Nov 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-22 22:42:55-05

Jobs, jobs, jobs. You're going to hear that a lot in the 2020 Election year.

PolitiFact Wisconsin checks a jobs number by Vice President Mike Pence to see how it stacks up in the Truth-O-Meter.

Vice President Pence in Marinette, Wisconsin Wednesday talking about the economy and the jobs numbers in Wisconsin.

"He made an interesting claim that we wanted to check which was that since Donald Trump took office, the number of jobs in Wisconsin has increased by 36,000," said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says the numbers went from 2.94 million jobs in Wisconsin when President Trump took office in January 2017 to 2.98 million last month, that's more than Pence claimed.

"When you look at the numbers Vice President Pence is actually understating things a bit," said Borowski. "The numbers do show that since Trump and Pence took office in January of 2017 there have been about 40,000 new jobs created in the state of Wisconsin.

PolitiFact Wisconsin points out the number of jobs in Wisconsin have trended up dating back to 2010.

However, that that trend has changed this year

"While we now have about 40,000 more jobs in the state of Wisconsin there are several things missing in this claim," said Borowski, "most notably that within the current year in 2019 jobs have been declining in Wisconsin so we're down about 9,300 jobs this year alone."

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim Mostly True, meaning it's accurate but needs clarification or additional information.