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Wisconsin job picture in the eye of political beholder

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s job picture is either exciting or lackluster, depending on which political party you believe.

Republicans call these “exciting times,” after the government’s most complete employer survey showed that Wisconsin created 62,000 jobs in Governor Scott Walker’s first two years in office.

The new numbers do not compare Wisconsin to other states – and Democrats said the comparison from three months ago showed that Wisconsin had the 44th lowest percentage of job growth.

Assembly Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca said the state might not be so far behind in job creation, “If Republicans spent half as much time creating jobs, as they do spinning lackluster job numbers.”

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos declared the Wisconsin economy “back on track.”

State workforce development spokesman John Dipko says his agency remains committed to pushing toward Walker’s goal of creating a quarter-million jobs by the end of 2014. The state’s about a quarter of the way there, at the halfway point of Walker’s current term.