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Press Release - Romney's Anemic Job Record Undermines Attack on #1 Job State of Texas

October 18, 2011

Despite his private sector experience, Gov. Mitt Romney's Massachusetts ranked a low 47th in job creation during his term.

While Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts' population declined by 3,000 people, with only 45,800 jobs added during Romney's four years in office — an anemic 1.4 percent job growth rate. At the same time, the U.S. as a whole experienced 5.3 percent job growth rate.

While Mitt Romney was governor, Massachusetts' rate of job growth underperformed the nation's rate of job growth by 3.9 percent.

Since Rick Perry has been governor, Texas, by comparison, has added 4.29 million people and 1.077 million jobs, an 11.3 percent job growth rate. During Perry's tenure, state job growth flourished despite two national recessions. At the same time, the U.S. as a whole experienced 1.1 percent job loss.

Since Rick Perry has been governor, Texas' rate of job growth outperformed the nation's rate of job growth by 12.4 percent.

 

Texas under

Rick Perry
U.S. while

Rick Perry

has been gov.
Massachusetts

under

Mitt Romney
U.S. while

Mitt Romney

was gov.
Jobs Start 9,537,900

(Dec. 2000)
132,570,100

(Dec. 2000)
3,224,600

(Jan. 2003)
130,016,100

(Jan. 2003)
Jobs End 10,615,000

(Aug. 2011)
131,114,400

(Aug. 2011)
3,270,400

(Jan. 2007)
136,862,000

(Jan. 2007)
Jobs Change +1,077,100

(+ 11.3%)
-1,455,700

(-1.1%)
+45,800

(+1.4%)
+6,845,900

(+5.3%)

 

Texas under

Rick Perry
U.S. while

Rick Perry

has been gov.
Massachusetts

under

Mitt Romney
U.S. while

Mitt Romney

was gov.
Population Start 20,851,818

(2000)
281,424,602

(2000)
6,440,000

(2002)
288,126,000

(2002)
Population

End
25,145,561

(2010)
308,745,538

(2010)
6,437,000

(2006)
299,398,000

(2006)
Population

Change
+4,293,743

(+20.6%)
+27,320,936

(+9.7%)
-3,000

(-0.05%)
+11,272,000

(+3.9%)

 



Sources

Jobs: U.S. Dept. of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, Total Nonfarm, Seasonally Adjusted, www.bls.gov/sae

(U.S. total = "sum of states" calculation)

Population: Texas: http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/48000.html; Massachusetts: http://www.mass.gov/bb/fy2008h1/dnld08/budget.pdf (page 1009)

Massachusetts' 47th in job creation under Mitt Romney: "Mitt Romney plays the jobs card — Commentary: Looking at his record, it's a losing argument," Wall Street Journal Market Watch, 2/23/10, http://www.marketwatch.com/story/mitt-romney-tries-to-play-the-jobs-card...

Rick Perry, Press Release - Romney's Anemic Job Record Undermines Attack on #1 Job State of Texas Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/298130

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