Wisconsin gained about 12,000 jobs in 2016, least of any year in Scott Walker’s tenure

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BY MARK SOMMERHAUSER and LOGAN WROGE

Wisconsin added fewer than 12,000 private-sector jobs in 2016, badly lagging job gains in past years under Gov. Scott Walker’s tenure, new Bureau of Labor Statistics data show.

Private-sector wages also declined in the state last year by about $188 million, or 0.6 percent, according to the data, released Friday by the state Department of Workforce Development.

The numbers give a different picture of the state’s employment landscape than the one Walker and his supporters recently have cited: the state’s unemployment rate, which was 3.2 percent in April, its lowest mark since 2000.

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