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Wisconsin's Gov. Scott Walker has come under fire for his policies of shifting benefit costs from taxpayers to government employees... specifically teachers. With a recall election looming, we can look at what the employment conditions are in Wisconsin versus other states.
From the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
From a financial perspective, the long term outlook for Wisconsin is better with benefit pension liabilities to teachers being reduced. That presumes Gov. Walker's policies remain in place. That may or may not be a positive for employment in the coming year.
I've requested that the BLS consider a third chart that backs out changes in government employment from Chart 2 to get a better picture of the private sector change. They have the data to do that easily, but may choose not to do it. I did receive a nice reply, however:
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