On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney likes to say some variation of the claim that as governor he created more jobs in Massachusetts than President Obama has created in the entire country.
To make that claim stack up, Romney cites net national job creation since Obama’s inauguration. Given that the economy shed over 800,000 jobs in one month at the height of the recession, that tends to skew things.
In touting his own jobs record, however, Romney likes to cite the gross jobs created, rather than the net jobs change. For instance, Romney credits himself with creating over 100,000 jobs while at Bain Capital thanks to job growth in a few companies managed by Bain, though some of Bain’s other groups bled jobs at the same time.
So let’s level the playing field.
Comparing only the total jobs created in Massachusetts from the lowest point of Romney’s tenure to the total jobs created since the lowest point of Obama’s tenure gives a much different picture than the one above. Specifically, it gives you this:
Yes, it’s a ludicrous comparison. But if that’s the metric Romney wants to use for his own record, applying that same metric to President Obama’s record is only fair.
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