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Progress Iowa: Branstad Uses False Jobs Numbers in Condition of the State Address

Matt Sinovic with Amanda Ragan and Sharon Steckman at Cerro Gordo County Courthouse in 2012
Matt Sinovic with Amanda Ragan and Sharon Steckman at Cerro Gordo County Courthouse in 2012

From Progress Iowa:

Des Moines, IA – In Tuesday morning’s Condition of the State Address, Governor Branstad repeated his false claim that 100,000 jobs have been created during the past two years. According to two different measures recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth has been significantly slower since January 2011.

In response to the Governor’s continued use of false statistics, Matt Sinovic, executive director of Progress Iowa, issued the following statement:

“Governor Branstad continues to ignore reality and mislead Iowans. Instead of making up statistics, the Governor needs to take responsibility for what is actually happening in our state. Wages for middle and working class Iowans are stagnant, and are likely to stay that way if the Governor’s top priority is to falsify statistics to hide his broken campaign promises.”

“Long lasting job creation must start with the rebuilding of our middle class, not just corporate tax giveaways. The Governor’s plans are doomed to fail if he continues to put politics ahead of working Iowans.”

Statistics recognized by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that from January 2011 through November 2012, “total nonfarm employment” grew by a net 18,700 jobs in Iowa, and “resident total employment” in Iowa fell by 7,000 jobs over the same period. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, Iowa’s median household income grew by just one-tenth of a percent in 2011.



Iowa’s median income rose by just one-tenth of a percent in 2011:

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