Maine’s Jobs Report: A Bad Case of Déjà vu

March 17, 2014 by

Today the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs report and, like in his State of the State address, Governor LePage continues to tout a jobs record that is severely lacking.

In a release from the governor’s office, the subtitle reads, “15,000 private sector jobs created since 2011.” Once again, the governor would do well to keep these claims in perspective. Based on data the governor cites, Maine … Read the rest

The Truth about Governor LePage’s Own Jobs Claim

February 19, 2014 by

In Governor LePage’s recent State of the State address he touted his economic performance stating “Almost 13,000 new private-sector jobs have been created since we took office.”

Taken in isolation, this sounds pretty good. But compared with how other states have fared, Maine’s job creation performance leaves a lot to be desired. In fact, based on MECEP’s analysis of the most recent jobs data from the Bureau of Labor StatisticsRead the rest

Faulty Jobs Numbers Fuel Governor LePage’s Premature Victory Lap

May 18, 2012 by

Today Governor LePage’s office released a report called Making Maine Prosperous, subtitled “The First 500 Days of Governor Paul LePage”. In that report, the unidentified authors from the Governor’s Office cite the US Bureau of Labor Statistics in claiming that “from January 2011 to March 2012, Maine’s private sector grew by 4,100 jobs.”

Interestingly, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its monthly jobs numbers for the state today (the April … Read the rest

US House Votes to Eliminate Major Source of Economic and Demographic Data

May 18, 2012 by

The American Community Survey is the only source of objective, consistent, and comprehensive information about the nation’s social, economic, and demographic characteristics down to the neighborhood level. It is integral to the foundation of our modern information-based economy. Business and industry use it to learn about labor markets and customers so they can decide where to expand, where to hire, and where to advertise. Local governments use it to assess … Read the rest

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