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Gov Walker: Job Creation not a Partisan Issue

Republican governor urges community to use job center website to find work.

Every Thursday, Gov. Scott Walker delivers a weekly radio address. This Thursday's address was titled Jobs.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177.

Here is the transcript from the Jobs radio address:

Creating jobs isn’t a partisan issue.  Earlier this year, many Democrats joined Republicans and even an Independent – all voting for our jobs agenda.  In fact, Democrats cast 467 votes in favor of the 44 pieces of legislation I signed into law so far this year.

This level of cooperation helped grab the attention of job creators.  Wisconsin gained nearly 40,000 new jobs from January through the end of June – that was twice the rate of job growth at the national level. 

During that same time-frame, nearly half of the new jobs were in manufacturing.  In fact, manufacturing saw the largest six-month gain since 1994.

Unfortunately the debate over the federal debt crippled the national economy – and that slowed down our job growth here in July and August.  That is why we have to work even harder on jobs here in Wisconsin.

While the national unemployment rate is much worse than our rate, there are still too many of our

One spot to check is Wisconsin’s official jobs website, www.jobcenterofwisconsin.com.  There are more than 30,000 job openings on the site.  If you are looking for a job, know someone looking for a job, or are just interested in what is currently available, I encourage you to visit www.jobcenterofwisconsin.com or call 888-258-9966.

With so many jobs unfilled, I asked our Department of Workforce Development to connect job seekers with these available jobs.  By the end of the month, new jobseekers receiving Unemployment Insurance benefits will be asked to create a resume and register on jobcenterofwisconsin.com

The goal is to connect these jobseekers with open and available jobs quickly.  By registering on jobcenterofwisconsin.com, they may also make their profile available to potential employers. The state can then also e-mail job opportunities directly to them.

A recent survey of businesses in our state showed that 88 percent believe Wisconsin is headed in the right direction.  That is good news (particularly when you realize that only 10 percent thought we were headed in the right direction last year).  A solid majority also said that they are about to add jobs in the next 12 months.

Still, many of these same job creators said one of their biggest challenges was finding skilled workers to fill their open positions.  We are working to connect those seeking to be employed with the skills needed to fill open jobs. 

Overall, Wisconsin has outperformed the national economy, but there is still a lot of work to be done.  I am optimistic that by working together, we can get Wisconsin’s economy growing again. 

Bren September 22, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Brian, what does it matter who creates the list, as long as the information is correct? I knew about all those listed from past research. This blogger made a nice list and saved me the trouble. And why wouldn't the Walker administration hire a guy who's collecting state pensions? It isn't any smarter or dumber than any of the other hires or fiscal decisions they've made. As Colbert said, "Truth has a liberal bias."
Lyle Ruble September 22, 2011 at 01:27 AM
@Brian Dey....Until Madison this year, over thrity years is not bad. Just remember, what goes around comes around.
Brian Dey September 22, 2011 at 01:47 AM
Lyle- Yes, and we saw what it has done. It has turned what should be a highly respected position (teachers) into thugs and vandals, that had no problem extorting the taxpayers. Hopefully, and I'm sure of this, the great teachers we have out there will continue to be the professionals, not like the few thousand that acted worse than 2 yr olds, and can gain back the respect they richly deserve now that they have shed the union label. And even if by slim chance Walker is recalled, it won't change the law.
Brian Dey September 22, 2011 at 01:49 AM
So I could make a compelling argument citing Limbaugh, Hannity or O'Reilly and that would be acceptable to you. And citing a comedian; come on...
Tom September 22, 2011 at 02:04 AM
@Brian Dey ... When we look at the money spent with the RUSD system, and the poor educational results provided the children of the taxpayers [as documented by the State tests], I for one and delighted that the gravy train is coming to an end for the current status quo to pay public servants based upon their "showing for work" and not for results.

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