Monday, June 21, 2010

48 out of 50 States Have Lost Jobs since 2009 Stimulus Law

Despite the Administration’s declaration that this is the “Summer of Recovery,” data released today by the U.S. Department of Labor, and the chart below, show that virtually the entire country is experiencing a yet another season of continued unemployment.

Through May 2010, the latest data available, a total of 48 out of 50 states have seen a net job loss since the President signed the Democrats’ $1 trillion “stimulus” bill into law in February 2009. The data show that only Alaska, North Dakota and the District of Columbia have seen net job creation since then.

“This is just one more piece of data showing that the stimulus bill failed and the resulting run-up in debt is hurting our economy,” said Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp. “With the debt larger than 90 percent of our GDP, we are forfeiting as many as one million jobs. Those are jobs families desperately need. If we want to create sustained job growth in this country we have to get our spending, deficit and debt under control. That starts by passing a budget – something Democrats have refused to do.”

To see how the Democrats’ deficit spending stimulus bill has failed your state, see the table below.

State
Administration Claims of Change in Jobs Through December 2010
Actual Change in Jobs Through May 2010
Alabama
+52,000
-40,400
Alaska
+8,000
+700
Arizona
+70,000
-69,900
Arkansas
+31,000
-17,700
California
+396,000
-495,400
Colorado
+59,000
-83,100
Connecticut
+41,000
-32,800
Delaware
+11,000
-6,300
District of Columbia
+12,000
+7,200
Florida
+206,000
-159,800
Georgia
+106,000
-117,500
Hawaii
+15,000
-7,800
Idaho
+17,000
-16,500
Illinois
+148,000
-144,600
Indiana
+75,000
-26,400
Iowa
+37,000
-23,100
Kansas
+33,000
-32,800
Kentucky
+48,000
-6,800
Louisiana
+50,000
-23,600
Maine
+15,000
-12,500
Maryland
+66,000
-16,600
Massachusetts
+79,000
-36,600
Michigan
+109,000
-94,100
Minnesota
+66,000
-45,400
Mississippi
+30,000
-20,800
Missouri
+69,000
-49,100
Montana
+11,000
-6,600
Nebraska
+23,000
-10,600
Nevada
+34,000
-64,600
New Hampshire
+16,000
-3,500
New Jersey
+100,000
-67,800
New Mexico
+22,000
-24,400
New York
+215,000
-89,500
North Carolina
+105,000
-66,000
North Dakota
+8,000
+4,800
Ohio
+133,000
-127,900
Oklahoma
+40,000
-38,600
Oregon
+44,000
-48,000
Pennsylvania
+143,000
-64,100
Rhode Island
+12,000
-14,800
South Carolina
+50,000
-14,400
South Dakota
+10,000
-5,400
Tennessee
+70,000
-50,300
Texas
+269,000
-100,000
Utah
+32,000
-16,900
Vermont
+8,000
-7,900
Virginia
+93,000
-28,000
Washington
+75,000
-67,700
West Virginia
+20,000
-10,700
Wisconsin
+70,000
-73,100
Wyoming
+8,000
-8,400


Source: Administration February 2009 projection and Ways and Means staff calculations based on Department of Labor data.

Ways and Means Republican Press Office
www.Republicans.WaysandMeans.House.Gov
202.226.4774

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