The longer Governor Corbett serves the worse Pennsylvania's jobs performance gets. Don't believe it? Here are the facts.
Nearly all of the jobs created in Pennsylvania during Corbett's term were done so from January 2011 to March 2012. Since March, 2012, a new-jobs famine struck Pennsylvania. In fact, over the last 12 months, Pennsylvania has lost more than 5,000 jobs.
The specific numbers taken from Table 5 of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Regional and State Monthly jobs reports show that Pennsylvania had 5.646 million jobs in January 2011, when Governor Corbett took office.
By March, 2012, Pennsylvania had 5.748 million jobs or 102,000 more than when the Governor was inaugurated.
Yet, by March 2013, Pennsylvania had 5.742 million jobs or more than 5,000 less than it had a year earlier.
In the first year of Governor Corbett's term, Corbett benefited from a growing national economy and the strong jobs creation momentum that Governor Rendell gave to him. Pennsylvania ranked 7th in jobs creation in 2010, the last year of Rendell's term.
By the second year of Corbett's term, the Governor's attacks on education, attacks on clean energy, attacks on health care, neglect of transportation and other mistakes took their toll. Pennsylvania stopped creating jobs as a result of the policy choices of Governor Corbett. Indeed, his mistakes are so severe that they overwhelmed the rising tide of job creation in the national economy that added about 2 million jobs over the last 12 months
It is time for all Pennsylvanians--labor, business, workers, investors--to face the fact that Governor Corbett's policies have crippled Pennsylvania's economy. There is absolutely no excuse--drugs or anything else--for the terrible performance of our economy that is crushing the dreams and hopes of Pennsylvanians.