Pennsylvania's terrible economic performance since 2011 is becoming stark and standing out. Although 46 states had a lower average annual unemployment rate in 2012 than in 2011, Pennsylvania is not one of them. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/srgune.nr0.htm.
Instead Pennsylvania is one of the 4 struggling, underperforming states whose unemployment rate did not decline or rose in 2012. http://www.bls.gov/news.release/srgune.t01.htm. While 46 states saw their unemployment rates decline in 2012 compared to 2011, Pennsylvania's rate did not improve at all, remaining at 7.9% in 2012 and 2011. Those are the ugly facts for Pennsylvanians.
The average annual unemployment rate nationally in 2012 was 0.8% lower than in 2011, a significant year-to-year improvement.
Disastrous state budget, education, energy, health care, transportation, and economic development policies pursued in Pennsylvania by the Corbett Administration are overwhelming the positive impacts of both the national economic improvement that pushes unemployment rates down in 46 states and Pennsylvania's gas boom that has created about 100,000 jobs directly and indirectly. Given that terrible economic performance, Governor Corbett has earned his low, low approval ratings.