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Walker Administration: Wisconsin Added 62,000 Private Sector Jobs in Governor's First Two Years

Gov. Walker appears to be a quarter-way to his goal of creating 250,000 private sector jobs from 2011-2015.

According to the administration, Wisconsin added 30,000 positions in 2011 and 32,000 in 2012.

The Dept. of Workforce Development released the figures on Thursday - weeks ahead of when the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics will publish those state-by-state counts. The administration has been releasing the numbers early, explaining that they are the most accurate portrayal of a state's job picture because they're based on a sizeable number of employers.

Wisconsin won't know until how it compares with other states, until the BLS publishes its numbers on June 27. According to the its last quarterly report, Wisconsin ranked 44th in job creation from Sept. 2011 to Sept. 2012.