Wisconsin Adds About 24,000 Jobs Over Past Year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin ranks 34th in job creation of the past 12-month period ending in March, adding 24,000 private sector jobs in that time.

That is according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says Wisconsin lags the rest of the country because Republicans haven't focused on creating jobs or improving the economy for middle class workers.

Governor Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers this week offered a package of economic development bills that Barca has criticized as being minor "baby steps."

Walker had no immediate comment on the latest job figures. He has promised that under his leadership Wisconsin would add 250,000 private sector jobs by 2015.

Through the first two years of Walker's term the state added about 62,000 jobs.

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