Walker releases more positive jobs numbers

Published On: May 16 2012 08:15:10 AM CDT   Updated On: May 16 2012 08:12:56 AM CDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has released jobs numbers for the last three months of 2011 that are more positive than previously reported.

The new figures he issued on Wednesday come less than three weeks before voters will decide whether he should stay in office or be replaced with Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

Walker's administration say the numbers show a gain of more than 23,000 jobs between December 2010, the month before Walker took office, and December 2011.

The more commonly used standard for measuring his progress on job creation based on a survey by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows a loss of 33,900 jobs over that period.

Barrett has accused Walker of cooking the books in advance of the recall.