Governor Palin’s Record on Jobs Beats the GOP Field

C4p commenter, Steebo77, crunched the numbers and posted an excellent piece at Pennsylvanians for Palin about Governor Palin’s record on jobs during her tenure compared to the tenures of Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman, and Rick Perry.  Analyzing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, he shows how Governor Palin has a better record on jobs than any of the candidates or potential candidates. During her time as governor unemployment decreased more sharply compared to other "governor candidates" and greater job growth was seen:

During Sarah Palin’s governorship (December 2006 – July 2009)
·    Alaska ranked 2nd in the nation for job growth.
·    Alaska ranked 3rd in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Jon Huntsman’s governorship (January 2005 – August 2009)
·    Utah ranked 4th in the nation for job growth.
·    Utah ranked 12th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Rick Perry’s governorship (December 2000 – May 2011)
·    Texas ranked 4th in the nation for job growth.
·    Texas ranked 23rd in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Tim Pawlenty’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2011)
·    Minnesota ranked 33rd in the nation for job growth.
·    Minnesota ranked 17th in the nation for change in the unemployment rate
relative to the national average.

During Mitt Romney’s governorship (January 2003 – January 2007)
·    Massachusetts ranked 47th in the nation for job growth.
·    Massachusetts ranked 34th in the nation for change in the unemployment
rate relative to the national average.

 

Full data set:

For more great charts and information about Governor Palin’s job record on job creation, see the full piece here.

The economy as a whole will be a key point of discussion as the primary season ramps up and during the general election. Despite President Obama’s claim that the "stimulus" package would mean that the unemployment rate would not go above 8%, right now the unemployment rate sits at 9.2%. When the stimulus was signed into law, the unemployment rate was 8.2%. It has not gone below 8.6% since then and actually went over 10% in October of 2009.

Liberals argue that government can create jobs, while conservatives argue that the government cannot jobs, it can only provide the conditions for jobs to be created. That is why Governor Palin has been a strong advocate for decreased regulation and a vocal critic of cap and tax and raising corporate and other business related taxes. Her record also shows that under her leadership, the proper conditions for a thriving  job market can be created. A report on ACES, the oil tax structure passed by Governor Palin in 2007, showed that 2007-2009 yielded state record highs each year for jobs in the oil industry. An analysis of by the Tax Foundation showed that Alaska moved up two spots from number 4 to number 2 on the list of the most business tax friendly states.

Once again, the boys can’t hold a candle to the lady.



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