JOB NUMBERS: Gov. Branstad’s Figures Scrutinized

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The state’s unemployment rate remains unchanged although the number of people unemployed increased.

Iowa workforce development says June’s jobless rate was 4.6-pecent, the same as it was in May, and a slight drop from April. The statewide estimate of the number of Iowans out of work is 76,500.

“The Iowa economy posted solid job gains in June, which helped to accelerate job growth for the first half of the year,” says IWD Director Teresa Wahlert.

Last June, the state’s unemployment rate was 5.3-percent.

The jobs numbers are positive but the governor’s election committee says things are even better than they show.

A Branstad committee spokesperson released the following statement to Channel 13 Friday on the jobs report.

“Since the governor took office, Iowa has gained 160,600 jobs and our unemployment rate has dropped from 6.1 percent to 4.6 percent, the fifth lowest in the nation.”

However, the numbers don’t support that job creation claim.

The Branstad administration calculates its jobs gained figure by only using the number of new jobs reported each month.

That figure doesn’t take into account people who’ve retired, moved or been fired.

Since Governor Branstad took office in January 2011, there are 10,200 more working Iowans according to numbers supplied by Iowa Workforce Development.

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