Politifact Virginia: McDonnell's claim of 60,000 new jobs

By Ryan Nobles - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan – email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - In this week's Politifact Virginia Report, Governor Bob McDonnell has been selling a message of job creation and growth since he announced his plans to run for governor.

He believes that message has turned into results. See this claim that he made on MSNBC, on Election Day:

"Like I said, we have created about 60,000 net new jobs, so look it's doable."

Have there really been 60,000 more jobs created than lost in Virginia since McDonnell took office in January in 2010, less than 11 months?

According to the reporters of Politifact Virginia, McDonnell's claim is "mostly true." A pretty accurate score. So what keeps him from getting a perfect mark?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics that tracks this claim, Virginia has added only a net 55,000 jobs since McDonnell took office, not quite a full 60,000.

But just how much credit does McDonnell himself deserve? That, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch editor Warren Fiske, is difficult quantify.

"There are just a lot of things that a Governor can't control. When there are good cycles people come to Virginia, when there are good cycles then they don't create new jobs," Fiske said.

You can see the full report behind this week's Politifact investigation on www.politifactvirginia.com and in this weekend's Richmond Times-Dispatch.

In addition to this claim from Governor McDonnell, the T-D investigates statements from George Allen and Mark Warner.

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