Monday, May 6, 2013

Fun Question Of The Day: Is PA 49th Or 50th In Job Creation?

Headlines around Pennsylvania have told a sad tale--Pennsylvania ranks 49th in job creation from March 2012 to March 2013. But, in fact, the news is sadder still.  As John Baer wrote in an excellent column, Pennsylvania ranks 50th in job creation if seasonally adjusted data is used.

And so stories criticizing Corbett for ranking 49th in job creation (they and others used the Arizona State University Index that employs non-seasonally adjusted data) did not exaggerate Governor Corbett's poor performance. 

Indeed, it would be more accurate to say that Pennsylvania ranked 50th or dead last and lost 6,000 jobs from March 2012 to March 2013.

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