House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) issued the following statement today in response to reports that Massachusetts ranked 40th in the country for job creation in 2011:
“Yet again, we find the Patrick Administration playing games with numbers. This time, the distortion-du-jour is job creation.
With figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicating that Massachusetts tied for 40th in the country in job creation last year – along with Nebraska, Arkansas and South Dakota – Governor Patrick finds himself with a lot of explaining to do.
Despite these most recent statistics, Governor Patrick continues to tout inaccurate and misleading figures. In his address to the Boston Chamber of Commerce earlier this week, the Governor said, ‘…all of these are driving nation leading growth here in the Commonwealth. Thanks to that growth, we have moved from 47th in job creation in 2006 to 5th in the last couple of years.’
If the Patrick Administration spent as much time looking over the GOP Jobs Package as they did figuring out how to distort job creation and unemployment numbers, Massachusetts might be touting substantive job creation and retention figures instead of demonstrating how far we are from recovery.”