Michelle Obama Falsely Claims Illinois Leads Nation In Job Creation

Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama

At a Democrat Party get out the vote campaign rally in Moline, IL Saturday for Gov. Pat Quinn, Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin, and congresswoman Cheri Bustos First Lady Michelle Obama said that Illinois was leading the nation in job creation.

According to the Senate Joint Economic Committee Illinois added 18,400 jobs in September.

By contrast the great state of Texas created 29,200 jobs in September in the same report.

So clearly Illinois is not the nation’s leader in job creation.  Of course anyone living in this state knows that(God are our job and economic prospects dim in this state).

source CNS News
source CNS News

More to the point CNS News has this chart to accompany a story from the summer about job creation over the last five years.  Again Texas and North Dakota are at the top, with Texas having created over than one and a quarter million new jobs. Meanwhile Illinois is at the bottom of the list having created less than 200,000 jobs from June of 2009 tell June of this year.

The Quad Cities Times has more:

Untitled1Michelle Obama campaigned in a “Get Out the Vote” event for Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin and [mc_name name=’Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B001286′ ].

Obama urged those attending to get to the polls and to encourage their friends and relatives to vote as part of her “1 Million Votes for 2014” initiative.

“This is not about me. This is about you,” Obama said.

She stressed that many are tight races taking place and that every vote counts. She also spoke of the need to continue supporting education and creating new jobs.

She continually advocated for all three candidates, Quinn, Durbin and Bustos. Obama said 10 million new jobs have been created in Illinois in recent years.

“And we are here to keep this state in the right direction,” she said to thunderous applause. “And this state is leading the nation in job creation.”

The claim that Illinois has created 10 million jobs is something I’m going to chalk up to as an error of the part of the Times, as I have yet to find video of this event as of this writing.