Some unexpected good news, via the Commonwealth Foundation:
Here’s the big findings they flagged from the Bureau of Labor Statistics release:
•2011 saw the largest one-year growth in private sector jobs in Pennsylvania since 1999, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
•Manufacturing job growth in Pennsylvania was higher than any year since 1990.
•From 2000 to 2010, the private sector lost 116,400 jobs, while government jobs grew by 30,800.
•In 2011, government jobs declined by 20,200, but the private sector grew by 79,000 jobs.
Being conservatives, they want to tell a story about decent private sector job growth caused by public sector layoffs.
In reality, public sector layoffs are a big drag on growth, and private sector employment would be even higher if Republicans hadn’t laid off all those teachers, cops, administrators, etc. Those people would still be spending money at private businesses, and paying their bills, and demand for private goods and services would be higher.