Getting the economy back on track and creating good paying jobs here in Wisconsin is my priority. I am advocating for policies that will create and save jobs, invest in stabilizing state and local economies, and provide help to the unemployed.
After a devastating recession, we are beginning to see signs of recovery. The recovery is slow but we have seen 15 straight months of private sector job gains - totaling over 2 million American jobs. Most recently, the economy added 83,000 private sector jobs in May. Though this is not as strong as a recovery as we'd all like, it is an improvement. See my statement on the jobs report here.
In addition, the private sector picked up 268,000 jobs in the month of April, the strongest one-month gain in the last five years.The unemployment rate in Wisconsin in this spring was at 7.34%, a strong decline from the spring 2010 rate of 8.82%. In Wisconsin, the manufacturing industry is leading our recovery, having added 11,500 jobs in 2011 -- nearly half of the total private-sector jobs in Wisconsin added this year.
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, creating 2 out 3 new jobs according to the Small Business Association (SBA). This is why any job growth strategy must begin with a focus on Main Street. Click here to see what I'm doing for small businesses.
Working for Western Wisconsin:
The private sector creates jobs -- not the federal government -- and I am focused on promoting policies that position our businesses in western Wisconsin to remain competitive and continue growing. Below are some of the initiatives I have supported to help create the incentives and positive economic climate to get Wisconsin businesses and families working again.