Governor Scott Walker’s campaign goal of creating 250,000 jobs over four years continues to bump up against challenging economic realities. Wisconsin lost nearly 10,000 jobs over the previous month. Those numbers from the state Department of Workforce Development, which reports Wisconsin lost 9,700 jobs from September to October. Department of Workforce Development Secretary Reggie Newson blamed the job losses on national and global economic trends.
READ: October report from DWD (PDF)
Of the jobs lost, 9,300 were out of the private sector, with manufacturing accounting for 3,400 jobs lost, construction losing 2,200, retail 1,900 and health care 1,700. The public sector lost just 400 jobs. State government added 1,800 jobs while local governments reported losing 1,900 positions and the federal workforce in the state lost 300 jobs.