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America

Independence and Freedom for All

As we celebrate our country’s independence on July 4th, it’s important for us to remember the incredible progress we’ve made and to look forward to the work that must be done for all Americans to truly celebrate their freedom.

Wisconsin Still Far Behind America on Jobs

You may have seen the headlines from the latest release of the “gold standard” jobs report – the BLS’s Quarterly Census on Employment and Wages (QCEW). And as I predicted earlier this week, Wisconsin fared quite poorly.

Wisconsin continues to lag behind much of the nation in creating private sector jobs.

Figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on Wednesday show the state’s growth rate during the 12 month period that ended in September of last year was 1.2 percent, compared to a national rate during that time period of 2.2 percent.

Wisconsin was listed as 36th among the states for the pace of job creation, adding 29,616 private sector jobs during the reporting period.

36th in the nation is bad enough, and is virtually no different than the 37th place Wisconsin was in for the last QCEW survey, which carried into June 2015. Perhaps just as bad is the fact that we continued to lag most of the Midwest in private sector job growth in this report, ending up 6th out of 7 states.

Via Jake’s Economic TA Funhouse: The “gold standard” shows Wisconsin still well behind our neighbors.

Bottom-Third of America

“In the four years from 2011-’14, when the United States posted a 9.3% gain in private-sector jobs, Wisconsin created jobs at a rate of 5.7%, an increase that gives Wisconsin a rank of 35th among the 50 states in the pace of job creation in the full four years of Gov. Scott Walker’s first term.…

Wisconsin lags America

Several charts in the same report at the same site go into greater detail, but there’s no way Walker can continue to sell, as he continues to spin out there nationally that the state’s lagging job growth makes Wisconsin under his leadership a model to replicate. Via Walker administration projects US job growth 50% faster…

America Recovers

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. employers added 223,000 jobs in April, a solid gain that suggests that the economy may be recovering after stumbling at the start of the year. The job growth helped lower the unemployment rate to 5.4 percent from 5.5 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday. That is the lowest rate…

Lincoln Honored by a Grateful Nation

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 15, 2015, as a Day of Remembrance for President Abraham Lincoln. I call upon all Americans to honor his life and…

Wisconsin behind America

…the likely Republican presidential contender has had less success changing Wisconsin’s economy and budget. The state lags in job growth and its budget faces a shortfall. It’s a record that complicates Walker’s path in early primary states as he sells himself as a reformer…. Wisconsin ranked 40th in private sector job growth for the 12…

No comparison

I understand that the term “stark resemblance” is one of those clichés that people toss about without thinking about the precise meaning. But a “stark” resemblance is one that is “plain,” “obvious” and “clear.” Whatever one may think about feminism and its progress, the way we “live now” bears virtually no resemblance to Atwood’s dystopia.…

Burke Cares

Does candidate “care about people like you”? Among likely voters, 52% say yes for Burke, 37% say no. Was 49-41 two wks ago. #mulawpoll — MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) October 15, 2014

Name only

It does seem odd that 5 years after the recession officially ended, we are still talking about “the recovery.” The reason is because we have never really recovered. Frankly, we should have fully recovered by now and be nearing the natural economic cycle of another recession pretty soon. Via Labor Participation Rate at Historic Low…

’64

Via 50 years ago today: Barry Goldwater, accepting the GOP nomination, said: “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice” and “moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue” @ Althouse.

The fuel of the Union Army

For much of the war, the massive Union Army of the Potomac made up the second-largest population center in the Confederacy, and each morning this sprawling city became a coffee factory. First, as another diarist noted, “little campfires, rapidly increasing to hundreds in number, would shoot up along the hills and plains.” Then the encampment…

Recovery

Thursdays jobs report from the Labor Department made clear that the U.S. economy is moving steadily closer to full health after having shrunk at the start of the year. Growth is picking up even as major economies in Europe and Asia continue to struggle. On Thursday, the European Central Bank kept interest rates unchanged despite…