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Barrett: Walker administration will try to "cook the books" on revised job numbers


MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker’s recall election opponent says the administration will try to, “cook the books” when it releases newly-revised job data this week.

Democrat Tom Barrett told reporters at UW-Milwaukee Monday that, “I don’t doubt for a second” that Walker’s workforce development officials will “put themselves in a favorable light.”

Barrett, the Milwaukee mayor, said the Republican Walker cannot defend the fact that the state has lost more jobs than any state in the country.

Wisconsin lost almost 24,000 public and private sector jobs during the year ending in March – while no other state lost more than 3,500. Walker said Monday that last year’s job numbers have been revised – and when they come out this week, they’ll show improvement over what’s been reported before.

But Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said it’s not true that the governor’s people plan to adjust the new job figures inaccurately. Of Barrett’s claim, Werwie said, “That’s not true.”

At a news conference in Oconomowoc, Walker attacked Barrett’s record on jobs in Milwaukee. The governor said unemployment has risen 28 percent over the last 8 years during Barrett’s time as mayor – while property taxes went up 25 percent.