A Reminder About Job Numbers
The Maryland Democratic Party attacked Gov. Larry Hogan’s economic record on Tuesday, trying to undermine the Republican’s case for reelection by showing that recent job and wage growth in the state have lagged compared with nearby states and the nation.
It’s amusing to see the Democrats try to attack Maryland on the economy at a time when Maryland has jumped 11 places in a list of top states to do business in since Governor Hogan took office.
The Post story of course quickly throws cold water on the Democrats by citing, you know, facts:
BLS data shows that the state gained 36,800 jobs during O’Malley’s two terms in office, compared with 93,300 during Hogan’s nearly 30-month tenure, using January of their first year in office as the baseline for both governors.
Yes, the same numbers cited by the Democrats show that Maryland gained 250% more jobs with Governor Hogan in office than with Martin O’Malley in office. And Governor Hogan has had far less time to do it.
It’s funny that the Democrats are making hay about alleged job numbers because the Maryland Democratic Party has a sordid history with fudging job numbers for political gains. Let’s take a look at the wayback machine, shall we?
- “However do you remember that pessimistic July jobs report the Department of Labor Licensing and Regulation the O’Malley administration tried to flush down the memory hole? You know the one that didn’t jibe with the O’Malley campaign’s rose colored glasses view of the economy.” September 21, 2010
- “Democrats are usually seasonally adjusted data in their numbers. This is a fudged number that the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not use. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Revenue, the state agency for keeping track of these numbers, follows the Federal BLS standards.” January 20, 2017
- Kara Markley, a mid-Atlantic regional economist with the BLS, made a similar observation. “We would typically compare the same month year-to-year with the not seasonally-adjusted data,” she said. That data paints a far different picture from the one O’Malley framed.” April 17, 2012
- The O’Malley administration was less than truthful with us about the employment situation in Maryland, and they spent a great deal of time and effort to cover it up.” September 28, 2010