PA Now Ranked 50th in Job Creation Thanks to Corbett’s Failed Policies

October 22, 2014 | By Campaign for a Fresh Start

Corbett Has Taken Commonwealth from 9th to 50th in Last Four Years

Philadelphia, PA – Pennsylvania now ranks 50th in job creation growth thanks to the failed policies of Governor Tom Corbett. Pennsylvania lost 9,600 jobs this September, which moved Pennsylvania to last place among the 50 states in job growth since January 2011 according to the Keystone Research Center.

Pennsylvania ranked 9th in the nation in job creation when Tom Corbett took office in 2011, but now comes in dead last with job growth at a paltry rate of 2.08% over the past four years.

"Tom Corbett and his failed policies have taken Pennsylvania from near the top in job creation to dead last," Campaign for A Fresh Start Spokesman Mike Mikus said. "Thanks to Tom Corbett, the last four years have been an unmitigated disaster and the people of Pennsylvania are exasperated."

September was the third consecutive month Pennsylvania lost jobs while the rest of the nation added jobs. According to Guhan Venkatu, an economist with the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland, Pennsylvania's jobs have grown at just a quarter of national rate over the past year. Jobs in Pennsylvania have grown at a rate of just 0.6% over the past year, while jobs have grown at a rate of 2.0% nationally.

"Any way you slice it, Tom Corbett has failed the people of Pennsylvania when it comes to creating jobs and growing the economy," Mikus said. "Instead of delivering jobs and economic prosperity, Tom Corbett's has delivered an economy that is dead last in the nation. Between his miserable record on jobs and his $1 billion cuts to public education, it is abundantly clear that Pennsylvanians cannot afford for more years of Tom Corbett."

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