Watching Governor Daniels commercials, one would think that Indiana is “doing better” than other Midwestern states – how does the soothing voice say it? An island in the Midwest, or something to that effect. Yet, the just-released Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that, at least in the area of unemployment, Indiana workers are suffering.
In July 2008, the largest employment decreases occurred in Florida (-21,400), Georgia (-18,900), Indiana (-16,500) California (-14,900), and Arizona (-14,100). Indiana was third behind Florida and Georgia – not the picture of employment health that Daniels has been touting.
Indiana also shows up in the list of states with statistically significant unemployment rate changes from July 2007 (4.4%) to July 2008 (6.3%). Indiana is now above the 5.7% national unemployment rate. Daniels can stand on his podium all he wants and announce new jobs coming to Indiana, but the reality is that those jobs are far in the future, often times three and four years down the road.
Reality for Hoosiers right now is an increasing unemployment rate and job losses. That reality dictates that Daniels remove his rose-colored glasses and take a good, unadulterated look at what is really happening to Hoosiers.
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