Lots of new people, fewer new jobs
Under former President George W. Bush’s administration "while the population in that period grew by 10 percent, the number of jobs in the nation grew by 1 percent."
Governor's numbers don't add up
"It is estimated that every $100 million spent on construction generates 3,000 new jobs."
Uses statistics that draw the starkest contrast
Virginia ranked 35th in job creation in 2009 under Gov. Tim Kaine, and moved up to third for 2010, while McDonnell has been in office.
But use of government contractors has soared
"There hasn't really been a lot of net growth in the federal workforce when you compare it to say, 1990."
Don't forget, there was a recession
The Bush-era tax cuts failed to increase employment and "work-force participation fell in 2001 and has never returned to the record level set in 2000."
His figure is close, but who deserves the credit for the new jobs?
"We’ve been able to create about 60,000 net new jobs" in Virginia since February.
His number is a tad high, but in the ballpark
Has created 60,000 net new jobs since taking office.
Hurt signed Taxpayer Protection Pledge, not a promise to close loopholes
Says Robert Hurt "supports the tax loopholes that send American jobs overseas."
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