Obama Dishonesty On Romney's Job Creation Record In Massachusetts
The Obama campaign continues to make dubious claims about Mitt Romney’s record of job creation as governor of Massachusetts.
Obama’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said Monday that during Romney’s term in office, Massachusetts “plummeted to 47th out of 50 in job creation.” A recent ad from the Obama campaign claims that under Romney the state “fell to 47th in job creation.”
However, the statement is false is several respects.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massachusetts ranked 51st (including Washington, D.C.) in job growth in January 2003 when Romney took office, and steadily improved to 30th by the time he left in December 2006.
That was the sixth-best improvement in ranking of any state during that same period.
The state experienced a modest increase in job growth (about 1.5 percent) during Romney’s tenure. The unemployment rate dropped from 5.6 percent to 4.6 percent.
As the Boston Globe reported in 2007, “Romney’s policies are credited with improving the state’s competitiveness.”