SC

“Jobs Governor?” Not So Much …

Toward the end of last year – when the South Carolina unemployment rate was dropping like a rock – we pointed out how most of the new jobs being created were government positions. We’ve also been consistently pointing out how – despite a rash of recent taxpayer-subsidized “economic development” announcements…

Toward the end of last year – when the South Carolina unemployment rate was dropping like a rock – we pointed out how most of the new jobs being created were government positions. We’ve also been consistently pointing out how – despite a rash of recent taxpayer-subsidized “economic development” announcements – the state’s labor participation rate is hovering at record lows (well below the national average).

Bearing all of this out is a new report released by Business Journals which paints a substantially less-than-flattering portrait of S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley – who has branded herself as America’s “Jobs Governor.”

According to the report, Haley ranks 34th out of 45 governors surveyed when it comes to private sector job creation (five governors were not ranked because they entered office in 2013).

The Business Journals report “analyzed private-sector employment levels in each state during the tenure of its current governor, using seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.”

“The score for each governor is based on a comparison of the annual growth rate for his or her state and the corresponding figure for the other 49 states,” the publication notes.

During her two-plus years in office, private sector employment in South Carolina has increased from 1,475,600 to 1,524,000 – a 1.39 percent increase.

“It’s a great day in South Carolina,” right?

Wrong … because private sector job growth in other states is averaging 1.99 percent. In fact there is a “jobs gap” of 21,000 between newly created private sector positions in the Palmetto State and those created in other states.

Last week South Carolina Democrats launched their first foray against Haley’s economic record – citing a host of statistics which show the state’s economic growth as being far less robust than Haley has portrayed it. We suspect they will pounce on this report as the latest evidence of that reality.

Haley, incidentally, has been busted in the past inflating South Carolina’s job creation numbers – as well as making other, more bizarre claims about our state’s workforce.

She’s also president over one of the nation’s least transparent systems of bribing companies to locate here with your tax dollars …

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Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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27 comments

John Boy July 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

About the only folks believing her bullshit are her FB followers. You really need to check some of it out for shits and giggles. “Get excited! McDonalds just added three more jobs in Fairfield County!”

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The Unhallowed Halls July 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I will “get excited” when she is only a horrible memory!
Then it will be a “Great day in South Carolina”!

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Maggie Mae July 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I agree – I have checked out those facebook followers though I have been blocked from posting on her facebook page. There is also a contingency on twitter that are in her corner. What gets me is that the majority of the people that post in favor of Nikki Haley is from out of state – interesting huh? The majority of people from SC that really “know” Nikki Haley do not like her and do not support her.

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Smirks July 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

Haley’s Facebook page is the Pyongyang of social media. I’ve seen comments removed and people banned for asking simple, honest, non-accusatory questions, just because it fleshes out some of the utter bullshit posted there. If it isn’t “U GO GURL!!1” then it isn’t welcome.

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Hi, I'm Nikki. July 8, 2013 at 12:12 am

“You want fries with that?”

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Marie Harrison July 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I can’t get over her facebook song lyrics. Is she mental?

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John Boy July 7, 2013 at 4:26 pm

About the only folks believing her bullshit are her FB followers. You really need to check some of it out for shits and giggles. “Get excited! McDonalds just added three more jobs in Fairfield County!”

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The Unhallowed Halls July 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I will “get excited” when she is only a horrible memory!
Then it will be a “Great day in South Carolina”!

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Maggie Mae July 7, 2013 at 5:34 pm

I agree – I have checked out those facebook followers though I have been blocked from posting on her facebook page. There is also a contingency on twitter that are in her corner. What gets me is that the majority of the people that post in favor of Nikki Haley is from out of state – interesting huh? The majority of people from SC that really “know” Nikki Haley do not like her and do not support her.

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Smirks July 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

Haley’s Facebook page is the Pyongyang of social media. I’ve seen comments removed and people banned for asking simple, honest, non-accusatory questions, just because it fleshes out some of the utter bullshit posted there. If it isn’t “U GO GURL!!1” then it isn’t welcome.

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Hi, I'm Nikki. July 8, 2013 at 12:12 am

“You want fries with that?”

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Marie Harrison July 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I can’t get over her facebook song lyrics. Is she mental?

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Reality July 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

It will truly be a sin to re-elect this woman.

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Smirks July 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

If so, then there’ll be a line at the confessional booth after a Tuesday in November. If reelecting shitty politicians is wrong, then SC doesn’t want to be right.

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Reality July 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

It will truly be a sin to re-elect this woman.

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Smirks July 8, 2013 at 9:32 am

If so, then there’ll be a line at the confessional booth after a Tuesday in November. If reelecting shitty politicians is wrong, then SC doesn’t want to be right.

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a b July 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Pathetic jilted lovers!!!!!!!!

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a b July 7, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Pathetic jilted lovers!!!!!!!!

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mph July 8, 2013 at 8:49 am

Her family and friends have reached full employment courtesy of the tax payers. The rest of the state can suck it.

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mph July 8, 2013 at 8:49 am

Her family and friends have reached full employment courtesy of the tax payers. The rest of the state can suck it.

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Crooner July 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

You misquoted her. She’s America’s Blow Jobs Governor.

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Crooner July 8, 2013 at 11:13 am

You misquoted her. She’s America’s Blow Jobs Governor.

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GrandTango July 8, 2013 at 11:59 am

FITS is lying (read below)….This report (below) is less than a month old…

South Carolina (thanks to the Conservatives in the state) has one of the fastest-growing economies in the U.S. The Palmetto State has one of the fastest growing manufacturing sectors in the region and nation, according to a report from the U.S. Commerce Department.
South Carolina’s 2012 Real Gross Domestic Product growth rate was 2.7%. That put it above the national average of 2.5% and the Southeastern regional average of 2.1%.
Indicators locally look good, too.
The report showing South Carolina’s strong economy was released by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis. It ranked the state’s economy as the twelfth fastest growing in the nation.
South Carolina is tied with North Carolina as the fastest growing state on the East Coast. South Carolina also has the fastest-growing manufacturing GDP on the East Coast.
The improvement has occurred as South Carolina leaders have had to fight federal government assaults. The state has been in court against the Obama Administration on issues ranging from the National Labor Relations Board actions against state jobs brought by Boeing to voter integrity laws that the federal government opposed.
“South Carolina is outpacing the region and nation in GDP growth metrics,” said South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. “This tells me that our strategy is working: grow manufacturing, grow jobs. The race is on.”
South Carolina’s Real GDP growth rate in 2011 was 2.2 percent. Gross domestic product is the market value of final goods and services produced within a region.
S.C. Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt. said manufacturing GDP in South Carolina grew 8.5% last year compared to the 7.8 percent U.S. Rate.”
Since January 2011, South Carolina has recruited more than $9 billion in capital investment and more than 23,000 jobs in the manufacturing sector, Hitt said.
Hitt also said the news helps recruit new business investment to the state.

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007 July 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Guv: Now, Johnny, tell the people. It was you who stole my underpants, didn’t you?

Johnny: Well, ma’am, you said it was okay, for keepsakes, to remember last night together…

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007 July 8, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Guv: Now, Johnny, tell the people. It was you who stole my underpants, didn’t you?

Johnny: Well, ma’am, you said it was okay, for keepsakes, to remember last night together…

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Slim July 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Most of her Facebook followers are from out of state. Check it out.

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Slim July 9, 2013 at 12:30 pm

Most of her Facebook followers are from out of state. Check it out.

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