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Governor Walker touted Wisconsin’s new all-time low unemployment rate of 2.8% this week.

He also traveled the state encouraging parents and grandparents to claim their $100-Per-Child Tax Rebate on ChildTaxRebate.wi.gov. Claims can be made online between May 15 and July 2.

Additionally, Governor Walker announced a drop in the number of opioid prescriptions in Wisconsin over the past year and highlighted the next round of bidding for upcoming construction projects in Wisconn Valley.


1. Unemployment Reaches an All-Time Low at 2.8%

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced Wisconsin’s preliminary April unemployment rate dropped to 2.8 percent, a new all-time low.

In a statement, Governor Walker said:

“Our unemployment rate has dropped from 9.3 percent in 2010 to 2.8 percent today, more people are working than ever before, and household incomes are up. That’s great news for Wisconsin’s hardworking families, but we’re not done yet. Wisconsin is ready to win the 21st century.”

Other notable economic indicators:

  • Unemployment is at an all-time low of 2.8%. That’s down from 9.3% in January 2010 and is well below the 3.9% U.S. rate (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Employment is at an all-time high, reaching 3,086,100 – up from 2,827,631 in December 2010 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Private sector job creation: 231,767 jobs created since Governor Walker took office (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).
  • Median Household Income is up by 15.94% from 2010-2016 (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey).
  • 68.9% of people in Wisconsin are participating in the workforce, compared to 62.8% nationally (US Bureau of Labor Statistics).


2. Launch of ChildTaxRebate.wi.gov

Governor Walker joined Wisconsin families this week at Mills Fleet Farm in Green Bay and Shopko in Sussex to announce the launch of ChildTaxRebate.wi.gov, the website where eligible Wisconsinites can claim their $100-Per-Child Tax Rebate. The rebate can be claimed at ChildTaxRebate.wi.gov from May 15 through July 2, 2018. 

Wisconsin families who claim the rebate will receive $100 for each child living at home under the age of 18 as of December 31, 2017. Eligible parents must apply for their $100-Per-Child Tax Rebate online between May 15 and July 2, so they can receive the money before school starts this fall. Direct deposits or mailed checks will be delivered by September 1, 2018, in time for the new school year.

Along with the Child Tax Rebate, all Wisconsinites will have the opportunity to take advantage of the August 1 – 5 Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday across the state. This means the state sales tax will not be charged for those days on school supplies where each item is $75 or less, clothing where each item is $75 or less, computer supplies where each item is $250 or less, and computers where each item is $750 or less.


3. 10% Drop in Opioid Prescriptions Dispensed Over the Past Year

This week, Governor Walker announced progress in the battle against opioid abuse as opioid prescriptions dispensed over the last year are down 10 percent, according to a new report released from the Controlled Substances Board on the Wisconsin Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The report analyzes PDMP data from Quarter 1 of 2018 (January 1, 2018 – March 31, 2018) as part of the controlled substance dispensing trends over the past year.

In addition to the decrease in opioid prescriptions over the past 12 months, the report also highlights:

  • A 6 percent decrease in the total number of monitored prescriptions dispensed or 140,601 fewer prescriptions.
  • A 6 percent decrease in benzodiazepine prescriptions dispensed or 29,468 fewer prescriptions.
  • A 23 percent decrease in the total number of data-driven concerning patient history alerts generated.
  • A 27 percent decrease in doctor shopping alerts.

In response to the news, Governor Walker said:

“Wisconsin prescribers are putting patients first and ensuring they have the information they need to make educated prescribing decisions. I am proud Wisconsin has a cutting-edge resource to help prescribers and law enforcement fight the opioid epidemic.”


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