Walker Administration Clueless Over Wisconsin Veteran Unemployment Rate | Wisconsin Politics
The Walker Administration has sent out news releases and e-updates touting an unemployment rate of 6.9%, trying to lend credibility to a governor who led the state to a nation-leading 12,500 jobs lost in 2011. The blog Friends of Wisconsin Veterans recently wrote about the plight of those who serve our country and come home from fighting a war and are not able to find a family supporting job.
That is only half the story. The other half of the story is neither Governor Walker nor Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos have any idea what the real Wisconsin Veteran unemployment rate is. Who is John Scocos you may ask? In August 2011, nearly two years after Scocos was fired as state veteran’s secretary, Gov. Scott Walker reappointed him to his old job.
Scocos was fired in 2009, but his reappointment seemed to reinvigorate him as he was jubilant in saying he was looking forward to tackling problems such as unemployment among veterans, financial problems at state veterans’ homes, and the solvency of the state veterans’ trust fund. Oh Really?
The Green Bay Press Gazette Reported:In January, Wisconsin had a 6.9 percent unemployment rate, however, the state unemployment rate for veterans is estimated at 10 to 15 percent, said Reggie Newson, secretary for the state Department of Workforce Development.