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Mary Burke: "I'm Very Proud of the Years I Served The People of Wisconsin as Commerce Secretary"

Jun 22, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Madison -- Mary Burke continued to ignore her own abysmal record on jobs during a televised interview with Mike Gousha on Sunday morning.

"In Jim Doyle's last term, Wisconsin lost more than 133,000 jobs and Mary Burke said she supported Jim Doyle's positions 'entirely,'" Communications Director Tom Evenson said. "Under Governor Walker, Wisconsin is heading in the right direction once again, and our state is one of only 22 states in the country to have created more than 100,000 jobs in the last three years.  Wisconsin can't afford to let Mary Burke take us backward."

Mary Burke was unable to point to any successes during her tenure as Commerce Secretary in the Doyle Administration and underplayed her role claiming to have only been there for two years. When pressed about Wisconsin's unemployment rate being higher than the national average during her tenure for the only time in 25 years, Burke was dismissive, shrugging off her failure as the chief job official claiming it was "slightly higher."

Moving backward under Mary Burke:

  • Using actual jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, Wisconsin ranked 42nd in the nation on jobs during Mary Burke's time as Jim Doyle's commerce secretary. (2005, 2006, 2007 QCEW)
  • Mary Burke's time as Commerce Secretary was the only time in the last 25 years where Wisconsin's unemployment rate exceeded that of the national average
  • During Mary Burke's time as Jim Doyle's top jobs official, the state's growth never exceeded 1%, lagging the nation every year.

Moving forward under Governor Walker:

  • Wisconsin has created more net private sector jobs in the first three years under Governor Walker than it did under all eight years of Governor Jim Doyle.
  • In the first three years of Governor Walker's term, Wisconsin is ranked 6th in the Midwest and 22nd in the nation for the total number of jobs created.
  • In his first 3 years, Governor Walker has created nearly twice as many jobs as were created during Mary Burke's tenure as Commerce Secretary.
  • Wisconsin is one of only 22 states that has created more than 100,000 jobs since December 2010.

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