Go to HHH home page.
Smart Politics
 


Wisconsin-Minnesota Unemployment Gap Biggest in 22+ Years

Bookmark and Share

Badger State continues to endure biggest jobs crisis in the Upper Midwest during current recession

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development's announcement on Thursday that the Badger State's unemployment rate for December 2009 had increased once again by 0.5 points shines a light on the increasing gap in employment numbers between Minnesota and its neighbor to the east.

The half a percent increase in the jobless rate in Wisconsin to 8.7 percent - while the Gopher State's rate remained flat at 7.4 percent - creates a 1.3 percentage point gap in unemployment between the two states. This is the largest unemployment gap faced by Wisconsin vis-à-vis Minnesota in more than 22 years.

The last time Wisconsin's unemployment rate was 1.3 points higher than in Minnesota was in November 1987 - when the Badger State faced a 6.2 percent jobless rate with the Gopher State at 4.9 percent.

The 0.5-point increase from November to December was the 6th time in the last 14 months Wisconsin has seen its unemployment rate rise by at least 0.5 points. Such an increase had happened only nine times in the preceding 32 years.

Minnesota, meanwhile, has endured four increases of 0.5 percentage points or higher during the last 14 months, but none since February 2009. The Gopher State's jobless rate is also trending down - decreasing or remaining flat in five of the previous six months since June 2009.

Over the past 12 months, Wisconsin's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has risen 47.5 percent - from 5.9 to 8.7 percent, while Minnesota's has increased just 12.1 percent - from 6.6 to 7.4 percent. The national rate has jumped 38.9 percent during this span.

Over the past 34 years, dating back to 1976, the largest gap in unemployment faced by Wisconsin to its neighbor to the west has been 3.0 points, in January 1983, when it had an 11.8 percent jobless rate.

Since 1976, Minnesota has had a lower unemployment rate than Wisconsin in 290 of the past 408 months, or 71.1 percent of the time. Wisconsin has had a lower rate in just 99 of these months, or 24.3 percent of the time. The two states have had the same rate in 19 months (4.7 percent).

Follow Smart Politics on Twitter.

Previous post: Minnesota's Unemployment Rate Stays Flat in December
Next post: Will Republicans Win Murphy's Open 28th Senate District Seat?

Leave a comment


Remains of the Data

Which States Have the Longest and Shortest Election Day Voting Hours?

Residents in some North Dakota towns have less than half as many hours to cast their ballots as those in New York State.

Political Crumbs

Mary Burke: English First?

While multiculturalism and bilingualism are increasingly en vogue in some quarters as the world seemingly becomes a smaller place, one very high profile 2014 Democratic candidate does not shy away from the fact that she only speaks one language: English. In an attempt to highlight her private sector credentials working for Trek Bicycle, Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke boasts on her campaign bio page how she made great strides in international business dealings...while only speaking English: "Despite not speaking a single foreign language, she established sales and distribution operations in seven countries over just three years." Note: According to 2010 Census data, nearly half a million Wisconsinites over five years old speak a language other than English at home, or 8.7 percent, while 4.6 percent of Badger State residents do not speak English at all.


Does My Key Still Work?

Much has been made about Charlie Crist's political transformation from Republican to independent to Democrat en route to winning the Florida GOP and Democratic gubernatorial nominations over a span of eight years. Party-switching aside, Crist is also vying to become just the second Florida governor to serve two interrupted terms. Democrat William Bloxham was the first - serving four year terms from 1881 to 1885 and then 1897 to 1901. Florida did not permit governors serving consecutive terms for most of its 123 years prior to changes made in its 1968 constitution. Since then four have done so: Democrats Reubin Askew, Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush.


more POLITICAL CRUMBS

Humphrey School Sites
CSPG
Humphrey New Media Hub

Issues />

<div id=
Abortion
Afghanistan
Budget and taxes
Campaign finances
Crime and punishment
Economy and jobs
Education
Energy
Environment
Foreign affairs
Gender
Health
Housing
Ideology
Immigration
Iraq
Media
Military
Partisanship
Race and ethnicity
Reapportionment
Redistricting
Religion
Sexuality
Sports
Terrorism
Third parties
Transportation
Voting