If someone can "refudiate" the claims of the author in the following article, I'd be interested in hearing it. This was all I was able to find. I don't anticipate unemployment levels to change appreciably between now and primary season. Job creation will be a big area of contention in the debates. Apparently, Romney's record of in this area is less than stellar. In case you're wondering, Alaska is one of only two states to have created jobs since the start of the recession.
The Republican contender was the governor of Massachusetts from January 2003 to January 2007. And during that time, according to the U.S. Labor Department, the state ranked 47th in the entire country in jobs growth. Fourth from last.
The only ones that did worse? Ohio, Michigan and Louisiana. In other words, two rustbelt states and another that lost its biggest city to a hurricane.
This was after four years. So far Obama has been in office for just one year. How was Romney's performance by his first anniversary?
Fiftieth out of fifty.
That's right. In Romney's first year in charge, Massachusetts ranked dead last in America in jobs growth.
What makes this worse for Romney is that he actually ran on a jobs platform. Romney -- who made his fortune building Bain Capital into one of the biggest venture capital firms in the world -- promised the voters of Massachusetts that as governor he'd use his business savvy and connections to bring new jobs to the state.
Read the entire article here. ("Mitt Romney plays the jobs card," by By Brett Arends, WSJ.com and MarketWatch)