LePage says latest unemployment numbers show his policies are working

AUGUSTA — Republican Gov. Paul LePage touted the fact that Maine’s unemployment rate in June remained at 6.8 percent, which is the lowest since the recession struck in November 2008, as an indication that his fiscal policies are boosting Maine’s private sector.

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Gov. Paul LePage says his economic policies are working to create jobs but more needs to be done.

LePage said new data show the unemployment rate stood at 6.8 percent in June, which is the same rate the Department of Labor reported for May. That’s down from 7.3 percent one year ago. Seasonally adjusted figures from the Department of Labor estimated that the ranks of employed workers increased by about 13,750 since January 2011, when LePage took office. LePage said in a written statement Thursday that about 8,000 more people are employed in the private sector than when he was elected.

“Our focus on helping to create jobs and improving the economy is putting more Mainers back to work and that is good news for everyone,” said LePage. “These numbers are good news, but we must keep working to improve the business climate, help create more jobs and let Mainers keep more of their hard-earned money.”

Data released last month by the Pew Charitable Trust contradict LePage’s characterization of the state’s jobs outlook. Maine was one of only three states (along with Wisconsin and Wyoming) to lose private-sector jobs between April 2012 and April 2013, according to data released June 14 by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Maine’s second-from-last ranking was caused by the loss of 1,500 jobs for a drop of about 0.3 percent, according to the trust, which analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wyoming lost the same number of jobs, but its smaller population ranked it dead last.

By comparison, the trust said New Hampshire gained 6,100 jobs for a 1 percent increase; Massachusetts, 46,200 jobs for a 1.4 percent increase; Connecticut, 10,800 jobs for a 0.7 percent increase; and Rhode Island, 21,800 jobs for a 0.6 percent increase.

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AL PELLETIER's picture

8,000 more are employed?

Pray tell there Gov. how many of those jobs are at $7.50 an hour with no health insurance? I'm not impressed.

Are you impressed in all of

Are you impressed in all of the part low wage part time jobs created under Obama?


Actually no

Because while the majority of the new jobs created post the Bush crash were service jobs and therefore low-wage no benefit jobs there were also many created in the auto industry that Obama can take credit for and on Wall Street and in the insurance and health care industry as they prepare to implement the ACA Most of those were high paying jobs with benefits. In Maine, however, while we created jobs in the fireworks store and the Saint Patrick's day celebration in the bars, we did not create those construction jobs intended by the bonds that Maine people passed and we managed to lay off a bunch of city workers, teachers and state workers not to mention the company that abandoned Brunswick, the mess with the northern lumbermen, offshore wind and Millinocket. All of those were good paying jobs with benefits. All in all the middle class has taken it on the chin in the last 4 years while not benefitting all that much from the governor's tax breaks since school budgets, city budgets and hospital budgets are all in disarray and costing most homeowners and insurance policy holders more. I get the sense, however, that as the economy improves employers will find it more and more difficult to find quality employees and that pay raises and benefits will return to the private sector especially after the implementation of the ACA which will stabilize health insurance costs.

Sounds like alot of wishfull

Sounds like alot of wishfull thinking Claire. While the official national unemployement rate stands at a high 7.6%, many experts claim the real rate is over 10%, because many have just quit looking, and are not counted. Obama had to abandon his employer mandate of the ACA, because so many business were converting full timers into part timers workers.
If not for the boom in natural gas and oil in the nation because of fracking, which Obama dispises, where would our economy be? All of those finds were on private land, Obama couldn't stop.
I just got my renewall for our health insurance, its up over 20%. The more Americans find out about the ACA, the more they dislike it.

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Nothing new in the employment figures

There are more than one official measure of unemployment. The left has criticized government and the media for decades for focusing on the lowest measure that does not count for the underemployed and part timers. But whichever measure you use, Obama has helped more than the guy before. While Obama put auto workers back to work, Republican Governors have fired more than 300,000 public employees; Democratic governors have not. While Obama has proposed repeatedly jobs programs; The Republicans in Congress have defeated everyone except the original stimulus which employed over 3 million people for 2 years. Meanwhile Republicans in the Federal Government and in the State Goverments have proposed not a single jobs program other than welfare for corporations which isn't a jobs program even if they call it on.
Your 20% increase in health premiums was under the old system. New York just announced in the individual insurance market 50% premium reductions because of the ACA. My company's health insurance premium has increased over 15% with reduced coverage each of the last 5 years. These are not unfortunately directly affected by the ACA only the individual insurance market is. But once the exchanges (October 2013) go into effect competition will drive down rates in all insurance markets.
Companies are changing full time employees to part-time employees; the ACA does not require it nor encourages it. stop blaming Obama for the decisions corporations make.

Of course the ACA encourages

Of course the ACA encourages it.
Its a business decision to stay in business.
Its the consequence of passing a bill, before reading it.

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No its not

The business has other options. If it moves people from full time to part time its their decision. And they are responsible for it.

A business does what it has

A business does what it has to do, to survive.



Obama did not abandon the mandate on large corporations, he postponed it and very few corporations were affected. There are those corporations who will cut hours so as not to have to comply, probably for ideological reasons, and I suspect those are the guys who will have a shortage or workers when the economy picks up. Maine has not actually done much to implement the ACA so I don't know what it would have to do with your insurance rate other than the part that says that insurance companies have to spend a certain percentage of their premiums on health care or refund the money. As for your last statement that is sort of up in the air. In California, New York and Vermont and a couple of other states where they have gone ahead and implemented it their rates have dropped by 30% so far and certainly Mass. is not complaining so I'm not so sure everybody will hate it. I think that is wishful thinking on the part of libertarians. I also think counting people who are not looking for work as part of your unemployment figures is sort of speculative.

I suppose where we get our

I suppose where we get our facts, has alot to do with our opinions. I'd be willing to bet your a MSNBC watcher.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Fox lowest on the graph

STUDY: Watching Only Fox News Makes You Less Informed Than Watching No News At All
They found that someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer 1.04 domestic questions correctly compared to 1.22 for those who watched no news at all. Those watching only "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" answered 1.42 questions correctly and people who only listened to NPR or only watched Sunday morning political talk shows answered 1.51 questions correctly.

Look at the chart bright eyes....

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/study-watching-fox-news-makes-you-less-in...

I just dont watch Fox News

I just dont watch Fox News only. I listen to Rush Limbaugh also.

AL PELLETIER's picture

No wonder


There's alot of reformed

There's alot of reformed dingbats like you , who change their way of thinking after they listen to Rush teach common sense.
You hear them call in on his show every week, saying now they get it. Its like a lite being turned on.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Rush Limbaugh Is a Moron


Only morons would listen to his loud mouth of babble....you called it right you are one of those reformed dingbats saving the Democratic Party from having your likes........

Must be a whole lot of us

Must be a whole lot of us morons out there. More people listen to Rush in NY City alone ,than people watch MSNBC nationwide.

I only see people convert one

I only see people convert one way, from liberal to conservative once they are able to comprehend it.

I only see people convert one

I only see people convert one way, from liberal to conservative once they are able to comprehend it.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture


That explains it all!

Explains what? I forgot to

Explains what? I forgot to ad that I watch morning Joe on Msnbc.


Don't bet the farm

You would be out of luck.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

As his partner in crime

Boehner would stress upon, it is not low enough..6.8 is not enough......here in MN it is 5.2

Maine was one of only three states (along with Wisconsin and Wyoming) to lose private-sector jobs between April 2012 and April 2013, according to data released June 14 by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

In a nutshell Maine is still at the bottom, where LePage needs to be in the sea of Repub selling out to corporate interests and not the workers. Just like Walker selling state property and buildings to Koch's and Halliburton with no bid RFP's.

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LePage fudging the numbers again

As Maine sinks below the waves, LePage will stand on the bow proclaiming how his great work resulting in a sunny day.

America's sinking also, why

America's sinking also, why don't you hold Obama accountable? He's the big hauncho

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I do

I changed from Democratic registration to unenrolled because in trying to compromise with Republicans (a strategic error) Obama had to lend credibility to the Republicans economic arguments which Obama knows and history proves are plain bunk, nuts, and weaken America. His performance in dealing with Republicans has been very poor.


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