Despite the hype by some in the media, new jobs are being added at a significant pace in Wisconsin. Just look at the facts.
The unemployment rate in Wisconsin is 4.3 percent. That’s the lowest it has been since April of 2001 — more than 14 years ago.
In October, more than 15,000 private-sector jobs were created in our state. According to publicly available data, that’s the largest one-month gain since April 1992.
Year-over-year, 43,600 private-sector jobs were created in Wisconsin. That’s a significant number of new jobs.
And the percentage of people working in Wisconsin also is strong. While the national labor participation rate remains low at 62.4 percent, our rate is one of the best in the country at 67.6 percent.
More people are working in Wisconsin today than at just about any other time in our history. And our state website, JobCenterOfWisconsin.com, has more than 80,000 job openings listed on it.
So now our focus is on getting more people the skills needed to fill these jobs, which is why we are taking comprehensive efforts.
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This includes providing funding for academic and career plans for students in sixth grade at schools across the state to help them to start thinking about their interests and career paths.
We are assisting more school districts with dual enrollment programs that provide credit for graduation and for technical college courses. We are also providing more performance funding for our technical colleges to meet the needs of both students and employers looking to fill positions.
We froze tuition at all of our University of Wisconsin System campuses for resident undergraduates for four years in a row to make college more affordable for students and working families.
We continue to push Wisconsin Fast Forward worker training, apprenticeships and youth apprenticeships.
We expanded programs helping place people with disabilities into the workforce.
We continue to aggressively work to find employment options for veterans.
Additionally, we now require able-bodied adults without children to be in a job training program and to look for work to get food stamps.
During our campaign for re-election last year, I said my goal was for everyone who wants a job to find a job. We are committed to getting people the skills needed to fill the many new jobs that are being created in Wisconsin.
Walker, a Republican, is in his fifth year and second term as governor of Wisconsin. Contact his office at firstname.lastname@example.org and 608-266-1212.