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BLS Confirms Walker’s Jobs Numbers

This won’t stop the TV ads from saying Gov. Scott Walker “cooked the books,” but it will definitely stop Tom Barrett from saying it during tomorrow night’s debate.

Be honest with yourselves, you seriously think Mike Gousha — probably the toughest interviewer in the state media — is going to let Barrett get away with saying it if he tries to?

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration says job-growth numbers he made public earlier than normal have been verified by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development spokesman John Dipko told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the bureau has confirmed Wisconsin jobs grew by 23,608 in 2011.

Walker faces a recall election Tuesday, and his record on jobs has been a focus of the campaign.

He released the preliminary job numbers two weeks ago before bureau confirmed them, an unusual move.

His Democratic opponent, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, accused Walker of “cooking the books” and trying to spin the numbers to his advantage.

Walker says the bureau confirmation shows the preliminary numbers were accurate. He says Barrett owes people an apology.

Don’t hold your breath for that Barrett apology anytime soon.

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