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Gov. Walker blames job losses on recall election, Obamacare


MADISON (WTDY) -- Two new job reports bring bad news for Wisconsin. On Thursday, the Department of Workforce Development released its monthy job report showing the state lost 6,500 jobs in July. Wisconsin has lost some 12,900 jobs since Gov. Scott Walker took office. The unemployment rate also increased in July from 7 percent to 7.3 percent.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, Governor Scott Walker blamed Wisconsin's job losses on the recall election and Affordable Care Act.

"I think for a lot of small businesses in particular, they were waiting to see what would happen on June 5th," he said. "Since then, as businesses were waiting to see what would happen later in June with the Supreme Court Decision -- many small businesses are worried about the potential negative impact of Obamacare on their businesses."

The news comes one day after officials from the Department of Workforce Development released a quarterly job report. That report, based on different data from March 2011 to March 2012, shows an anemic job growth rate of 1.1 percent in the state. Wisconsin gained 37,464 private sector jobs during that time period, but lost 9,364 public sector jobs.

It's unclear how Wisconsin's quarterly job numbers compare with the rest of the country because state officials have once again taken the unusual step of releasing the numbers early -- at the same time the data was sent to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Bureau will release its report with job numbers from all 50 states in late September.

State officials also released quarterly job numbers early this past May, just before Governor Walker's recall election. Those numbers also pointed to anemic growth of just under 20,000 jobs from December 2010 to December 2011, but were touted by the Walker campaign. When the final data was released weeks later by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Wisconsin was ranked 41st in the country, behind neighboring Illinois, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa.