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Labor secretary touts quick job recovery during La Crosse visit



The nation’s top labor official talk positively in La Crosse this week about American workers…and about his boss, the president. 

Secretary of Labor Eugene Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, visited La Crosse on Labor Day with Vice President Mike Pence.  

Speaking to Dairyland Power workers, Scalia said although unemployment rose sharply during the first weeks of the pandemic, the jobless rate has dropped to 8.4 per cent in just the last four months…very good, compared to the Obama White House.

“It took us 4 months,” said Scalia. “In the last administration, under the last president, it took us nearly 3 years–34 months–to get unemployment under 8.5 per cent.”    

Scalia has been in the Trump cabinet for just about a year, being confirmed last September. 

Secretary Scalia thanked Dairyland employees in attendance for helping get the region through the pandemic, “to keep the lights on, and to keep Wisconsin powered and keep this great nation powered during this time.”


A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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