PolitiFact Wisconsin: Lt. Gov. Kleefisch on Wisconsin job openings

Posted at 7:56 PM, Feb 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-23 22:17:02-05

The number of people working or not working in the state is a big political issue and sure to be a heavily debated topic in the 2018 election.

PolitiFact Wisconsin weighs in on claims about how many job openings there are in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin has a website that helps people looking for jobs.

The number of job openings posted may surprise you.

"We are fact-checking Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch. She says there are between 85,000 and 95,000 job openings in Wisconsin," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The database lists everything from auto mechanics to X-ray technicians.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Kleefisch raised the issue to show that Wisconsin has a lot of job openings but not enough workers with the right skills.

"What we found is that the numbers are more or less in the range with what the Lt. Governor said. But she referred specifically to Wisconsin jobs," said Kertscher.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says about 14,000 of the job openings are in Illinois and Iowa.

"They are generally within a driving distance so that a Wisconsin person could conceivably get that job," said Kertscher, "although they wouldn't be working in Wisconsin per se.

PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this claim Half True.