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Wisconsin job growth trend improves; still behind national average, neighboring states

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WTAQ) - Thirty-three other states had faster job growth than Wisconsin in 2012.

That’s what the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Thursday when it released its most comprehensive survey of employment trends.

According to the Quarterly Census for Employment and Wages, the number of private-and-public sector jobs grew by 1.2 percent in Wisconsin in the 12 months ending in December.

That’s below the national growth average of 1.9 percent.

Three of Wisconsin’s four neighboring states had stronger growth.

Illinois was the only one that didn’t. Wisconsin’s 34th–place ranking was 10 places higher than it was in the last quarterly survey three months ago.

The report is based on a survey of about 97-percent of Wisconsin employers.

The government said the Badger State added 32-thousand private sector jobs last year, and 62-thousand during the first two years of Governor Scott Walker’s term.

At the current pace, Wisconsin will create almost half the total number of jobs the Republican Walker promised when he ran for governor in 2010.

Walker has blamed the national economy for the slow growth early in his term.

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