Private nonfarm payroll employment growth near zero, and the level is about 70 thousand below the path implied by Governor Walker’s commitment to increase private sector employment by 250 thousand by 2015M01.
Figure 1: Private nonfarm payroll employment in Wisconsin, March release (blue), and path of private nonfarm payroll employment promised by Governor Walker (red). Source: BLS and author’s calculations.
Figure 2: Nonfarm payroll employment in Wisconsin, March 2013 release (blue), and implied path of nonfarm payroll employment promised by Governor Walker (promised private employment plus actual government employment) (red). Source: BLS and author’s calculations.
Note that these employment figures take into account the benchmarking associated with the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) the Walker administration has pointed to as a more accurate measure than the monthly BLS estimates. .
The MacIver Institute, “The Free Market Voice of Wisconsin”, has recently claimed that the state is halfway toward achieving the Walker target.  The MacIver Institute claim is based upon a mixing and matching of seasonally adjusted and seasonally unadjusted data, and is not to be taken seriously.   By way of contrast, directly using the BLS series indicates that March employment is 65.6 thousand above 2011M01 levels, only roughly 26% of the way to the target.