Alberta Darling

Wisconsin’s 8th Senate District

A recent Marquette Law Poll shows 53 percent of Wisconsinites say our state is headed in the right direction.  When you look at the data, you can see why. We’ve had a remarkable turnaround in our economy, and things are looking up. Simply put, Wisconsin is winning.

As you may know, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has dropped from 9.2 percent in 2010 to 3.1 percent today. Our unemployment rate is the lowest since October 1999. In fact, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate for May is tied with Iowa for the lowest in the Midwest and tied for seventh lowest in the nation.  Our labor participation rate is now ranked in the top five in the country. That’s a huge improvement from where we were when Gov. Jim Doyle and the Democrats were in charge.

The good news for Wisconsin doesn’t stop there.  Data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows unemployment dropped in all 72 counties compared to the same time last year. Several counties are at all-time lows. Our state’s unemployment rate dropped 0.8 percent from January 2017 to May 2017. That’s the steepest decline for that period since 1983.

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