August 18. 2011 2:00AM - Last modified: March 14. 2012 1:24PM

Wisconsin lost 12,500 private sector jobs in July


The economic slowdown hit Wisconsin in July as the state lost 12,500 private sector jobs on a seasonally-adjusted basis, according to the state Department of Workforce Development.
The state gained 4,300 government jobs during the month, so the state had a net job loss of 8,200 during the month, on a seasonally adjusted basis.
Most of the government jobs (4,100) were added at the local level. The federal government added 300 jobs in the state and the state cut 100 government jobs.
The July job losses cancel out most of the 12,900 private sector job gain and 9,500 net job gain that the state posted in June on a seasonally adjusted basis.
The news is a blow to Gov. Scott Walker's goal of helping the private sector in the state create 250,000 jobs during his first term in office. The state has now added 28,700 private sector jobs since Walker was sworn in at the beginning of this year. At that pace of about 4,100 private sector jobs per month the state will add only 196,800 private sector jobs by the end of Walker's term. The state needs to add an average of 5,208 private sector jobs each month to reach Walker's goal.
Department of Workforce Development Secretary Scott Baumbach said the slowdown of the national economy was the biggest reason for the state's job decline in July.
"Wisconsin is not immune to the national economic slowdown this summer, and we are seeing the effects of the national economy in our July numbers," Baumbach said. "The wild market fluctuations during the debt ceiling negotiations, the European debt crisis and other factors contributed to a great deal of uncertainty, which may very well have affected Wisconsin's job numbers given our state's ties to the national economy."
The U.S. economy added 117,000 jobs in July and the national unemployment rate fell slightly to 9.1 percent from 9.2 percent in June, the U.S. Labor Department reported earlier this month.
Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in July, up from 7.6 percent in June, the Department of Workforce Development said.