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Any jobs created or saved by the stimulus?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of jobs created or saved by infrastructure projects funded by the U.S. economic stimulus plan more than doubled in June from May, according to a report released Tuesday by a House of Representatives committee.
At the end of June, 49,377 jobs had been "created or sustained" by water, highway and public transportation projects, compared to slightly more than 21,000 jobs at the end of May.

The Pacific Northwestern state of Washington accounted for the most jobs of any state or territory at 3,481, with the bulk of those concentrated in highway repairs.

According to the Transportation Department, Washington has also been obligated some $627.8 million out of the $22.7 billion the states have requested from the federal government under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Any better ways to create jobs?

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:44 AM on Jul. 28, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • yes there is. Throw out the bulk of the stimulus and cut taxes. We got new flower beds. I sure feel stimulated.

    Answer by Carpy at 9:01 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Considering Oregon has one of the highest unemployment rates (12.2%)  in the US, I think the jobs they 'claim' to create or 'sustain' is minimal. And let's look at WHY Oregon is so high?  Animal rights vs loggers.  Animal Rights won.

    What the report doesn't say is like in NC, where Joe biden claimed the jobs/project with the stimulus. However it was the BUSH admin to created and stimulated those jobs. So where is the proof that this isn't more of THAT crap


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:10 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • So how does he calculate which jobs he has saved? Because my husband didnt lose his job with a company owned by Warren Buffett, does that mean Obama "saved" his job? Just wondering.

    Answer by momofsaee at 9:12 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • And they still haven't scientifically proven that those jobs were actually saved. It is a claim they make based on their interpretation, but there are NO FACTS to define (mathematically or scientifically) when a job is "saved".


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 9:13 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • "sustained" Love that word! Meaning the people already had a job. Any proof they were about to lose them? Doubtful. And most of the "created" jobs are only created for a short while, meaning those people will be back on the unemployment roles shortly. *sigh*

    Answer by mancosmomma at 10:06 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Proof? Lets see...Construction projects are TEMPORARY, so unless the firm picks up new projects they lay off people. Many new projects were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Common sense.


    Answer by SRiveroC at 10:13 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Nope! If you have a protected union or government/civil service job your job was apparently "saved." And unless you are a "Czar" or newly hired government employee, you were not given a long-term job assignment with professional growth potential!

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:47 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • SRiveroC And since construction jobs are the jobs this package was designed to create how exactly are those temporary jobs supposed to help our country long term?


    Answer by BlueCollarMama at 11:39 AM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • Many new projects were created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    A fraction of the number of jobs that were lost, but lets not quibble over little details like that. And all these TEMPORARY jobs (btw thanks for someone finally admitting it), how many of them will still exist for the same people 1 year from now, and how many of those people are too stupid to realize that and will actually use one penny of the money they earn there to do anything but pay utilities, buy groceries and pad savings for the next layoff in October?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:20 PM on Jul. 28, 2009

  • In answer to the title question, both. Announced today: 5000 law enforcement jobs funded through the COPS program, funded with stimulus dollars. The Sheriffs' Department in my county sahys it would have been laying off officers without that stimulus money.

    Answer by gdiamante at 3:26 AM on Jul. 29, 2009

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