Taking a look at Scott Walker's claim that there are more than 70,000 jobs available through his jobs center website.
October 12, 2014

Leading up to his gaffe that Wisconsin doesn't have a jobs problem but rather a work problem, Scott Walker made another interesting claim.

He said that there is a website, jobcenterofwisconsin.com, which has more than 70,000 Wisconsin jobs listed on it.

Indeed, the site does say that there are more than 79,800 jobs available.

But there are a few facts that Walker failed to mention during his Gish Gallop on his jobs issues.

First off, he doesn't mention that it's not really a government website, but one run by a private company, which requires people using it to surrender private information, such as their social security numbers.

Another thing that he doesn't mention is that a lot of the jobs listed on the website are old, outdated and no longer available, as this screenshot shows:


In his claim of 70,000 plus jobs, there is no knowing how many of them are actually current jobs and would be available to job seekers.

The fact that Walker is misrepresenting the facts about the site is nothing new.

Three years ago, when he first rolled out the site and was boasting about it in order to help him and his Teapublican allies during the recalls, it was found that nearly one in five jobs listed weren't even in Wisconsin:

It's no secret the governor's office is on a job creation mission, but one of the state's key tools to help Wisconsinites find work is advertising thousands of jobs in other states.

Nearly one in five of the jobs listed on jobcenterofwisconsin.com, a state website touted by Gov. Scott Walker as a resource for unemployed Wisconsin residents, are actually located in neighboring states, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

More than 32,000 job openings were posted on the website as of Tuesday, but about 18 percent of them were in Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan. It was unclear how many of those roughly 6,000 jobs could be filled through telecommuting, though many appeared to require on-site work.

Another problem arose when it was discovered that Walker was using this site to promote the propagandists and the right wing squawk radio hosts who in turn would support him and the other Teapublicans.

Yet another issue is that Walker put so much money into this ineffective and dubious website that actual jobs centers that actually helped people find jobs were forced to shut down, giving job seekers no other options than his website.

Obviously, when it comes to Walker, job services was never job number one.


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