Governor Scott Walker says he doesn’t trust the April numbers issued from the state Department of Workforce Development. He says the agency’s sampling is a very small portion of the state’s employers.
“When you take a sample of three-and-half percent, it’s kind of like taking a poll in statewide election and only sampling a couple of cities and assuming that’s an accurate poll,” he says.
The DWD report shows Wisconsin’s jobless rate dropped to 6.7 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March, while the state lost nearly 6,000 net jobs.
Walker says if the unemployment rate is dropping, tax revenue is increasing and personal income is growing–the state must be adding jobs.
The governor says the unemployment rate is a much better month-to-month gauge on Wisconsin’s job market.
Rick Schuh-WHBY contributed to this report