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
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Friday, June 4, 2010

Georgia Department of Human Services To Create 20,000 Jobs Using Federal Stimulus Funds

The Georgia Department of Human Services will use more than $160 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as an incentive for private- and public-sector employers to hire 20,000 Georgians this summer.

We have a unique opportunity to put Georgians back to work, reinvigorate Georgia businesses and spark an economic recovery across our state, said B.J. Walker, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Human Services. While some states are using federal stimulus funds primarily for social services, we will use ours to put Georgians back to work.

The department is offering huge incentives to employers under two programs, TeenWork, which seeks to hire 15,000 teens this summer and Jobs for Georgia, which will provide incentives for employers to hire 5,000 adult workers.

Under the TeenWork program, employers can hire youths aged 14-18 at a 100 percent subsidy paid by the state. Jobs are available June 1 to July 31, and applicants must come from homes earning less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or about $66,000 for a family of four.

The Jobs for Georgia program will provide an 80 percent subsidy, with employers paying only 20 percent of the workers' wages. Adult workers must have at least one dependent child and a current household income of less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

These jobs will provide opportunities for youths to learn essential new work habits, and will give adults an opportunity to learn new skills, said Commissioner Walker. And it gives employers strong incentives to hire. DHS will also use the federal funds to help families facing one-time emergencies, such as trouble with rent payments, mortgage and utility payments. The department has also set aside funds for child care to ease the path back to employment for working parents. Parents who meet the eligibility guidelines and who are either working (full or part time), in school or a training program or are doing a job search through Department of Labor may qualify to have their childcare paid.

Employers can pledge jobs and prospective employees can apply for jobs at jobsforgeorgia.org, and georgiateenwork.org.

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Statement from Bart van Ark, Chief Economist of The Conference Board on Today's Jobs Report from The U.S. Labor Department

/PRNewswire/ -- Jobs report is disappointing

While today's jobs report shows gains, it's a significant setback following four consecutive months of accelerating growth. The private sector added only 41,000 jobs, as May's employment increase was driven by temporary Census hiring. Continued slower growth would mean we've passed an unprecedented early peak in the rate of employment growth following a recession, which wouldn't be good news for the recovery's strength. Manufacturing jobs gains are at best tepid, and a lack of significant growth in construction, financial services, and information show several sectors aren't yet on the recovery path.

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