For the last three years, Tom Corbett has been the Death Star of job creation for Pennsylvania. The latest job numbers once again confirm Corbett’s jobs disaster. Pennsylvania ranks 48th in jobs growth, for the period December 2012 to December 2013.
A truly awful 18,600 jobs were created during 2013 in the Commonwealth. That stinks! How badly does it stink? Well, without drilling one shale gas well, New York created 96,700 jobs during 2013 - more than 5 times as many as Pennsylvania. In addition to trailing New York in job creation, Pennsylvania under Corbett badly trails Delaware and Maryland, two more neighboring states with Democratic governors. Delaware ranks 6th in job creation and Maryland 23rd.
Governors make a difference when it comes to creating jobs. During Ed Rendell's last year in 2010, the Commonwealth added 87,000 jobs. In 2011, Governor Corbett's first year, job creation crashed to 45,000 jobs.
And the number of jobs created in the Commonwealth has just cratered the longer Governor Corbett serves. Read Pennsylvania's jobs trend from 2010 to 2013 here and then weep:
2010--87,000 additional jobs created;
2011--45,000 additional jobs created;
2012--35,000 additional jobs created;
2013--18,600 additional jobs created.
Corbett's jobs Death Star mix of wrong-headed Tea Party economic policies - austerity budgets for education, infrastructure, health care, economic development programs, and clean energy, but ineffective subsidies and tax cuts for favored constituencies - has blasted Pennsylvania to the bottom of job creation.
Pennsylvania families cannot afford another Tom Corbett term as governor.