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49 of 50 States Have Lost Jobs Since Stimulus Enacted

October 21, 2009

Washington, DC – In light of the economic forum House Democrats are holding today and based on new statistics released this morning by the Department of Labor, Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) released a state-by-state table showing 49 states and the District of Columbia have lost jobs since the President signed the stimulus bill into law. 

“It is clear from today’s jobs report that stimulus has failed to do what it promised and failed to create jobs for American workers,” said Camp.  “Eight months after the President signed the stimulus bill, we are all still asking: where are the jobs?  Instead of jobs, the American people got record deficits.”

The table below compares the White House’s February 2009 projection of the number of jobs that would be created by the 2009 stimulus law (through the end of 2010) with the actual change in state payroll employment through September 2009 (the latest figures available).  According to the data, 49 States and the District of Columbia have lost jobs since stimulus was enacted.  Only North Dakota has seen net job creation following the February 2009 stimulus.  While President Obama claimed the result of his stimulus bill would be the creation of 3.5 million jobs, the Nation has already lost a total of 2.7 million – a difference of 6.2 million jobs.  To see how stimulus has failed your state, see the table below.