Diary

Indiana’s Jobs Deficit Over 100,000

New employment numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics yesterday confirmed again the failure of the Obama-Pelosi-Ellsworth stimulus bill to stimulate anything but government jobs.

Forty-nine of the fifty states have lost jobs since the stimulus passed (only North Dakota and the home of our federal government – Washington, D.C. – have gained jobs). Indiana’s unemployment rate remained steady at 10.2 percent with 34,100 jobs lost since February 2009. At that time, the Administration – and Congressman Brad Ellsworth – promised at least 75,000 jobs would be created in Indiana by the end of this calendar year.

So by their own estimates we are at a jobs deficit of 109,000.

These numbers underscore what Dan Coats has consistently said on the campaign trail: we need less government to create more jobs. Taxes and mandates like those the campaign has highlighted this week – each supported by incumbent Congressman Ellsworth – only hinder the ability of businesses to create jobs in a fragile economy.

[Disclosure: Pete Seat is the Communications Director for the Coats for Senate campaign.]