Still not the leader of the pack.
Reader Bruce Hall asks for comparisons of Wisconsin against regional comparators.
Figure 1: Log nonfarm payroll employment for Minnesota (bold blue), Wisconsin (bold red), Illinois (green), Iowa (gray), Indiana (chartreuse), Michigan (teal), and Ohio (purple), all normalized 2011M01=0. Source: BLS January 2018 release via FRED, and author’s calculations.
Oftentimes, Illinois is pointed out as the “sick man” of the Midwest particularly by conservative commentators. However, Wisconsin barely keeps pace with Illinois.
Somehow, I am doubtful this will convince true believers that Wisconsin is lagging, given the a priori beliefs of some that union busting, spending cuts, and tax cuts must result in rapid growth.