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BLS: Wisconsin is 37th in U.S. in job creation last year

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Only 13 states had slower job growth than Wisconsin over the past year.

That's according to a new quarterly analysis released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The Badger State created just over 28,000 private sector jobs during the 2013 calendar year. That's an increase of 1.2 percent -- the 37th smallest percentage growth among the 50 states.

It put Wisconsin two places lower on the totem pole than the last report 3 months ago. The national job growth was nine-tenths of a point higher than Wisconsin's, at 2.1 percent.

Republican Governor Scott Walker guaranteed it would be a hot button political issue four years ago, when he promised 250,000 new private sector jobs during his first campaign. That total is just over 100,000, as Wisconsin has seen an unsteady recovery from the Great Recession.

Democrats have been blaming the Republican Walker and the GOP's policies -- but the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says job growth has lagged behind the national norms for most of the last ten years.

That includes four years under Democratic Governor Jim Doyle before the recession hit in 2008.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)