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Recovery Summer and Stimulus: Washington

Continuing on the Recovery Summer and Stimulus: State by State, we head to Washington.

Quick Washington facts:

  • In January of 2009, the unemployment rate in Washington was 7.5%. As of June 30, 2010, the unemployment rate was 9.0%–a net increase of 1.5%! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to Recovery.gov, Washington has received 7,119 awards. This has resulted in $6,437,563,923 being spent to create/save 19,858.92* jobs (Source: Recovery.gov)
  • As of June 2010, the labor force in Washington has increased by 19,636 people since January of 2009. While the labor force has increased, so has unemployment. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • According to the Recovery Summer Map, Washington boasts zero “Summer of Recovery” projects!
  • The number of people employed in Washington has fallen by 33,276 people! (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • The Obama administration projected the change in jobs by December 31, 2010 to be +75,000 jobs. To date, Washington has lost 69,300 jobs. (Source: Ways & Means Republicans)

The employment trend in Washington has not been good. While a brief period of “recovery” began in March of 2010, that came to a close by the time that “Recovery Summer” was in full swing. The employment situation in Washington has started swinging downward yet again. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Has the Recovery Act done anything for Washington? No.

Has “Recovery Summer” done anything for Washington? No.

Washington has faced increasing unemployment since Obama took office in 2009. With a key Senate race in Washington this year, one would think that Senator Patty Murray would be hard at work trying to make a bad situation better. Instead, Senator Murray has been a continuous cheerleader for failed Big Government policies that have harmed the state.

Read more on Recovery Summer and the Stimulus Effects on States.

*: The number of jobs created/saved conflicts with other government sources on Recovery.gov. This number was pulled from the latest figured offered on Recovery.gov

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