Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Longer Corbett Serves The Worse Pennsylvania's Jobs Performance Gets: Read These Facts And Weep!

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.


  1. Gas boom is supposed to translate into mega job creation. Right? Do you have the info on how many jobs have been created?

    1. Yoko,

      The Atlantic just published an article about jobs generated by North Dakota’s oil boom. It’s not a perfect analogy, but I think that the nat-gas fueled job growth in PA is very similar to the job growth in North Dakota.

      Here’s an excerpt from the article, “How Oil Made Working-Class North Dakota a Whole Lot Richer.”

      The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently produced a breakdown of job growth during North Dakota's oil rush, and it's pretty remarkable. In counties where oil rigs have sprouted up to drill from the Bakken Shale Formation -- a few of which are actually in Montana -- employment grew by 35.9 percent from 2007 to 2011, from about 78,000 jobs to more than 105,000. But much as in Texas's shale country, the impact on local job growth has actually been dwarfed by the impact on local income. Total wages more than doubled from $2.6 billion to $5.4 billion. Average pay jumped by more than half, from $33,040 to $50,553.

      Blue-collar men suddenly finding high-paying work in the fields is a big part of the story. But jobs and paychecks have surged across industries. Some of the fastest growth has been in professional and technical services, a category dominated by college educated workers. Earnings have grown the most in real estate, which, with rents rivaling Manhattan in the boom town of Williston, isn't that much of a suprise. But they've also jumped in working class sectors like transport (think trucking), construction, and even food services.

      You can find the whole article here:

      Hope this helps,

      Monica E.

  2. I prefer to look at how many less out of state plates that I see or the reduced number of EDU's for the sewer plant. On bright side, the stone business is coming back now so more mining jobs for Susquehanna County. That and lumber drive this county.