RELEASE: As Branstad Economy Sheds More Jobs, Another False Promise Becomes Even Harder to Reach

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For Immediate Release:
September 20, 2013

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Christina Freundlich
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AS THE BRANSTAD ECONOMY SHEDS MORE JOBS, ANOTHER FALSE PROMISE BECOMES EVEN HARDER TO REACH

DES MOINES – Iowa Workforce Development Officials today released new numbers showing that Iowa’s economy lost 900 jobs last month, driving unemployment up to 4.9%.  This news is another blow to Governor Branstad who promised to create 200,000 new jobs in five years, but has come up woefully short.

“Another month of jobs numbers, and another month where Terry Branstad has proven he will break his promise to create 200,000 jobs in 5 years,” said IDP Executive Director Troy Price.  “In pursuit of this goal, Terry Branstad has given hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to out of state businesses and taken lavish trips around the globe on the taxpayer dime.  While Branstad promotes his success, all Iowans have to show for his ‘hard work’ is unemployment numbers going in the wrong direction and tens of thousands of Iowans struggling to get by.  Terry Branstad has failed on his promises while failing Iowa’s working families.  It is time to elect a new Governor who is concerned about creating good-paying jobs for all Iowans, not concerned about just protecting his.”

Looking at seasonably adjusted numbers provided by Iowa Workforce Development, the gain in total non-farm employment has been 56,600, meaning Terry Branstad must create 5,121 jobs each month for the next 28 months to fulfill his promise.

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