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Lewyn Addresses America

A little politics, a little urbanism- I also blog 100 percent on urbanism at https://www.planetizen.com/user/63 and http://www.cnu.org/blog/194

Numerous governors may run for President, all touting their economic records. So I decided to look up employment statistics from the bls.gov website for states whose governors might run for President. (data here– go to each state’s link)

First I looked at states with Republican governors who I could imagine running or at least have been mentioned here and there as candidates:

Louisiana (Jindal)

Jan. 2011 1,918,364 jobs

7.6% unemployment

Aug. 2014 2,005,823 (4.5% increase)

5.8% unemployment (1.8% drop)

Michigan (Snyder)

Jan. 2011 4172058

unemployment 11.0

Aug 2014 4381793  (5.0% increase)

unemployment 7.4 (3.6% drop)

Nevada (Sandoval)

Jan. 2011 1,204,104 jobs

13.7% unemployment

Aug. 2014 1,263,678 jobs (4.9% increase)

7.6% unemployment (6.1% drop)

New Jersey (Christie)

Jan. 2011 4,108,289 jobs

9.4% unempl0yment

Aug. 2014 4,200,969 jobs (2.2% increase)

6.6% unemployment (2.8% drop)

New Mexico (Martinez)

Jan. 2011 854.141 jobs

7.8% unemployment

Aug. 2014 858,101 (about 0.5% increase)

6.7% unemployment (1.1% drop)

Ohio (Kasich)

Jan. 2011 5,279,339 jobs

9.1% unemployment

Aug. 2014 5,391,869 (2.1 percent increase)

5.7% unemployment (3.4% drop)

Texas (Perry)

Jan. 2011

11,413,973

Unemployment 8.1%

Aug. 2014

Jobs 12,292,281  (7.7% increase)

Unemployment 5.3 (2.8% decrease)

Wisconsin (Walker)

Jan. 2011 2,834,965 jobs

7.7% unemployment

Aug. 2014 2,903,863 (2.4% increase)

5.7% unemployment (2.0 decrease)

DEMOCRATS

California (Brown)

Jan. 2011 16,155,497

12.1% unemployment

Aug. 2014

17,223,491 (6.6% increase)

7.4% unemployment (4.7% decrease)

Mass. (Patrick)

Jan. 2011 3,200,866

7.7% unemployment

Aug. 2014 3,313,165 (3.5% increase)

5.8% unemployment (1.9 decrease)

Maryland (O’Malley)

Jan. 2011 2,861,634

7.4% unemployment

Aug. 2014 2,906,229 (1.5% increase)

6.4% unemployment (1 pt decrease)

So big picture, if you look at reduced unemployment, the leaders are

1.  Nevada (Sandoval) 6.1

2.  California (Brown) 4.9

3. Michigan (Snyder) 3.7

4.   Ohio (Kasich) 3.4

5. Texas (Perry) and   New Jersey (Christie) 2.8

7.    Wisconsin (Walker) 2.0

8. Mass. (Patrick) 1.9

9.  La. (Jindal) 1.8

10.  NM (Martinez) 1.1

11.  Md. (O’Malley) 1.0

Job creation increase

1.  Texas (Perry) 7.7%

2.    Calif (Brown) 6.6

3.  Mich (Snyder) 5.0

4.  Nevada (Sandoval) 4.9

5.  La (Jindal) 4.5

6.  Mass (Patrick) 3.5

7. Wisconsin (Walker) 2.4

8. NJ (Christie) 2.2

9. Ohio (Kasich) 2.1

10. Md (O’Malley) 1.5

11.  NM (Martinez) 0.5

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