More Broken Promises: Iowa Ranks 46th in Job Creation in 2013, Drops from 14th in 2012

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For Immediate Release:
November 25, 2013

Christina Freundlich

More Broken Promises: Iowa Ranks 46th in Job Creation in 2013, Drops from 14th in 2012 

Des Moines – After a grim jobs report released on Friday and Governor Branstad downsizing his claims of job creation, a new report released by Arizona State University today ranks Iowa 46th in job creation over the past year, dropping from 14th ranked in 2012.

Terry Branstad promised Iowans he would create 200,000 new jobs – plain and simple.  Only 47,300 jobs have been created since the start of the Branstad administration, and he continues to make dishonest claims about the wellbeing of Iowa’s economy.  Iowans deserve a straight answer from a governor that promised, didn’t deliver, and is dramatically falling behind the economic recovery of other states.

“This report proves that Terry Branstad’s so called job creation plan is failing,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chair Scott Brennan. “We shouldn’t see our state plummet over the past year from 14th to 46th ranked in job creation and economic recovery in comparison to other states. Giving tax breaks to the wealthiest and large corporations is the reason we are dramatically falling behind the rest of the country, and if the Governor reevaluated his priorities and paid attention to those who need jobs, maybe we shouldn’t be concerned about dropping even lower on the list next year.”

The too small gains and even bigger losses are leaving too many of Iowa’s families and communities disappointed.  Under Branstad, Iowa is not what a strong economy looks like – this is an economy lagging behind much of the rest of the country. Terry Branstad still owes Iowans over 150,000 jobs, and until he meets his pledge, each one is a broken promise to Iowa’s working families and middle class.

It’s time for Iowans to elect a new governor, otherwise we will continue with the failed policies of the past that Iowans don’t agree with, Republicans don’t win with, and working families suffer from.



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