Governor Walker blames recall elections, national economy for job losses.
By: Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio, Superior Telegram
Gov. Scott Walker is blaming recall elections and federal debt concerns for rising unemployment in Wisconsin last month.
Wisconsin's jobless rate rose two-tenths of a percent in July. The state reports losing 8,000 jobs overall and more than 12,000 in the private sector. It's a reversal from job gains in June, for which Walker took some credit.
Now, according to the governor, the downturn is not his fault.
Some state Democrats take offense to the governor blaming others for the job cuts, suggesting that Walker's policies have been divisive. Assembly Democratic Caucus chair, Kelda Helen Roys says she hopes Republicans start listening to her party's ideas on job creation.