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Correction to the NYT Correction on Cuomo Jobs Record

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 20:06

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been bragging about job growth on his watch. The NYT has a piece challenging Cuomo's claims. It tells readers:

"The number of private-sector jobs increased by 4 percent in New York State from January 2011 to January 2013, according to the State Labor Department. Nationwide, over the same period, private sector jobs grew by 4.4 percent.

"Those figures come despite the fact that New York State lost fewer jobs, as a percentage, than the nation did in the Great Recession."

Actually the fact that New York lost fewer jobs in the downturn would be an argument as to why it would create fewer jobs in the upturn.

Every state will have some amount of normal job growth consistent with the growth of the labor force. It will also have additional job growth associated with a backlog of unemployed workers who are looking to find work. In the extreme case where a state lost no jobs in the downturn this backlog would be zero. In that case, the only source of job growth will be the normal growth of the labor force.

Obviously New York did lose jobs in the downturn, but the fact that it lost a smaller number relative to the size of its labor force would be argument as to why we would expect slower job growth now, not an argument as to why growth would be faster.

I'll let Cuomo's crew argue their own case on their record, but on this particular point the NYT got it wrong.


Comments (2)Add Comment
NYT cheers balanced FED budget in news analysis, I think
written by JaaaaayCeeeee, March 13, 2013 12:05
On the same day they editoriaze how execrable Ryan's fake budget is, they do a news analysis full of false equivalence, blessing Joel Prakken of MacroEconomic Advisors against deficits vs Rogoff saying reform is more important than zeroing deficits. Holtz-Eakin saying reducing debt by balancing budgets is paramount gets play.

They even hype the danger of THE DEBT LOAD, absolute percentages/tipping point reference/85%-90% as dangerous, and calculate ours as already past there, by tacking on what we owe ouselves for SS, which seems hackish to me.

Then they set up unnamed strawmen (Krugman?) who are saying that debt is irrelvant, to discredit with Rogoff and Reinhardt's own tipping point 'study', and finally grant us three choices: Should we zero out debt and deficit, keep debt to GDP from rising, or something in between? This doesn't even make sense to me, because it ignores automatic stabilizers and business cycle, let alone our unemployment crisis.

Seems like ediorializing in the news section to me?

Once Again
written by James, March 13, 2013 12:50
You ruined NYT's gleeful "gotcha" moment. Loyal BTP fans would recall how many gleeful "gotcha" moments by NYT, Post, WSJ and many economics talking heads, reporters, and of course politicians including Rep. Ryan where they all thought they had a "gotcha" moment on the liberal......

until you educated otherwise....

then their smirk....like air gushing out of a balloon...

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