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SC Stimulus Job Creation Figures Questioned

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money to burnSome state officials are questioning a recent report that the federal stimulus program has saved or created more than 8,000 jobs in South Carolina.

The state Comptroller General’s Office, which has been attempting to track the flow of stimulus money in South Carolina, expressed reservations regarding information released last week that appears to inflate the number of stimulus-related jobs created in the Palmetto State.

“I don’t know that we will ever have numbers that we have confidence in,” Comptroller General’s Office spokesman R.J. Shealy told the Greenville News. “It’s that we don’t have faith in the way the feds are counting the numbers. The process is designed to show a higher number of jobs created than are actually created.”

Across the state, 2,470 federal contracts and grants with a total value of $3.82 billion have been approved for government agencies and private companies, but much of the money has not been spent, or even received.

Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom, told the News that the S.C. Department of Commerce had reported that it created 3,497 stimulus-related jobs. But 2,607 of those were in a summer youth employment program.

“While some of the reported numbers don’t look unreasonable … we’re wary of some of the other job numbers that we’ve been provided,” Eckstrom told the publication.

The Obama administration claims that about 1 million jobs nationwide have been created or saved through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including about 640,000 jobs created directly, but those numbers are hard to verify because of the guesswork involved with determining whether businesses had retained workers due to the stimulus who otherwise would have been laid off.

Those figures are raising some eyebrows.

Even with the stimulus package, employment has suffered in South Carolina. According to data from the S.C. Employment Security Commission, South Carolina has fewer individuals working today than it did when the stimulus was passed early this year.

In February 2009, there were 2.19 million South Carolinians employed; as of September, the most recent data available, that figure was 2.17 million.

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Written by Cotton Boll Conspiracy

November 3, 2009 at 1:13 pm

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  2. […] that appears to inflate the number of stimulus-related jobs created in the Palmetto State, as reported on the Palmetto […]

  3. […] Earlier this fall, it was reported that 2,470 federal contracts and grants with a total value of $3.82 billion have been approved for government agencies and private companies across the state. However, much of that money has not been spent, or even received. […]

  4. […] Earlier this year, there were phantom districts, phantom zip codes, and questionable job creation figures. […]


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