Given the way he's reacting, I'm inclined to say yes. The lousy jobs numbers dems have been touting are survey results from 3.5 percent of the state's employers. These numbers are actual jobs numbers reported from most employers in the state. And they show:
- in 2011, WI added 23,321 jobs
-that is 57,221 more jobs than initial BLS estimates from 2011
- the actual numbers are consistent with the state unemployment rate and the drop in unemployment insurance claims
-DWD submits the actual jobs data based on approximately 160,000k Wisconsin employer submissions to BLS every quarter
- the numbers that were off by 57,221were based on a poll of just 3.5 percent of businesses, the actual numbers are based on submissions by 96 percent of businesses
- the actual numbers now submitted are consistent with actual revenue collections, the falling unemployment rate, and the drop in unemployment insurance claims
You can tell the Barrett campaign believes these numbers based on the way they are reacting:
"It is, I think, stunning that Scott Walker has suddenly found 57,000 jobs and gone from negative to positive three weeks before an election," said Barrett campaign spokesman Phil Walzak. "The timing is enormously suspicious. . . . Clearly the governor is losing the argument on jobs with the people of Wisconsin, and he's now trotting out these new figures in an extremely unusual way."
Walzak said Walker and his aides are now attacking the same jobs data (from the Current Employment Survey) that Walker has touted in news releases and campaign ads when those numbers have been positive.
Notice that at no time does Walzak challenge these numbers, which most economists see as far more reliable than monthly surveys. Walker releaized he had ammunition that normally wouldn't be released at this time, but nothing stops him from releasing it, so he did. What it doesn't allow is for a comparison with other states quarterly data. But it does provide a more reliable measure of jobs in Wisconsin than the monthly survey and the news is very good. Walzak is not doubting the validity of the good news; he's complaining about Walker releasing it now. That should tell you all you need to know.