Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker touted historic low unemployment and new opportunities for residents of Beloit and the state Tuesday during his address to about 500 guests at the 91st Annual Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
Walker, who was introduced by Secretary of Tourism and Beloit native Stephanie Klett, noted he grew up in nearby Delavan and he took his first prom date to the Butterfly Club between Beloit and Clinton for dinner.
The governor said the state has made tremendous strides in unemployment, noting Wisconsin is at a historic low of 3 percent unemployment, and he noted Beloit’s improvement has been phenomenal. He said eight years ago Beloit’s unemployment rate was 13.5 percent, In December, the most recent month tracked by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Beloit’s unemployment rate was 3.2 percent.
“That is a testament to everyone in this room – the big companies and the small companies. Now we have gone from focusing on jobs, jobs, jobs to workforce, workforce, workforce,” Walker said.