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Gov. Walker commends job creation numbers, even though it's half the pace of his pledge

Governor Scott Walker says Wisconsin is making good progress in creating jobs, even though it’s only half the pace of what he promised before he was elected.

A quarterly federal report yesterday said Wisconsin ranked 33rd among the 50 states in the growth rate of private sector jobs last year. That’s up from 44th three months earlier.

The report said Wisconsin added just over 32-thousand private sector jobs last year, a 1.4 percent increase from the previous year. The national increase was 2.3 percent.

In the past, the Republican Walker partially blamed the state’s slow job growth on the political turmoil from the recall effort against him.

Walker tweeted that the 2012 job numbers reflected the recall fervor and now, quote, “We need to build off momentum.”

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said he was pleased with what he called a “slight uptick.” He said Wisconsin has a long way to go to get back to the national norm, and the state’s goal should not be quote, “bringing up the rear.”

In his 2010 campaign, Walker promised the state would create a quarter-million jobs by the start of 2015.  Sixty-two-thousand jobs were created in the first half of the term, putting Walker on pace for a total of 124-thousand.