The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's version of PolitFact looked at the numbers and called them false. In fact, they said that Walker's pants were on fire. But the way they did so is questionable at best and is actually rather misleading (emphasis mine):
After talking with state officials, including Koskinen, and other experts, we came up with our own formula for measuring the jobs progress on the Walk-O-Meter. We take the full year of jobs as measured by the census numbers -- 27,811 -- and add to that the running monthly tallies for 2012. It’s an estimate, but, all outside experts agreed, the best available given the limitations of the data.Did you see what they did there?
Using this formula, we determined that as of the Nov. 15, 2012 monthly report, which covered October 2012, the state created 25,411 private sector jobs under Walker’s watch.
They accredited Walker for all the jobs created since January 2011 through the last quarter.
The problem with that is that Walker's agenda was not introduced until after his first month in office. And as any economist will tell you, it takes three to six months for economic policies to have their effect seen.
So that means that Walker's job record doesn't really start until July 2011. The first six months of 2011 were the effect of Governor Jim Doyle's budget and policies. And we've already discussed what the comparison between Doyle's policies and those of Walker looks like in regard to job numbers:
As you can see, any jobs gain made during 2011 was directly the result of Doyle's budget and policies. In July 2011, when Walker's policies, like Act 10, too effect, things went downhill fast. And when his budget took effect, it went down even faster.
To credit Walker with 25,000 jobs seems to be rather generous.
In the second half of 2011, when Walker's policies were in effect, he lost well over 30,000 jobs. Since then, the state has not seen many positive growth months and the ones we did were pretty small. I would find it surprising if the actually job numbers that can truthfully be applied to Walker is even above zero.
It looks like Walker isn't the only one with their pants on fire.
It is also rather sad that when the biggest paper in the state, the supposed watchdog, finally has one of their all too rare occasions when they call Walker out, they have to still soften the blow and protect him.