MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker released updated employment figures Wednesday that show Wisconsin actually added a small number of jobs during his first year in office, hoping to undermine a central argument of those trying to recall him who argue he has hurt the state economy.

Walker, who faces a recall election June 5 largely because of anger over a law he championed that stripped nearly all public workers of collective bargaining rights, promised Wisconsin would add 250,000 private sector jobs during his first four-year term.

Initial figures gleaned from monthly employment surveys suggested the state lost 33,900 jobs, ranking it dead last among the 50 states and giving the Democrats and their candidate, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, powerful ammunition with which to attack his record.

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