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November 16th, 2009 4:19 pm
75,343 Bogus Stimulus Jobs… and Counting

More than ten percent — or 75,343 — of the jobs the Obama Administration claims have been “created or saved” by the $787 billion Stimulus package are “doubtful or imaginary.”

That’s the conclusion of a comprehensive analysis performed by David Freddoso and Mark Hemingway of The Washington Examiner, who compiled and analyzed media reports on the Stimulus over the course of the last two weeks. 

According to Freddoso and Hemingway:

The Obama administration has claimed that the $787 billion economic stimulus package ‘saved or created’ some 650,000 jobs. But almost as soon as the White House trotted out this figure, news organizations found huge exaggerations in the reported data. Many of the jobs reportedly created do not exist or cannot be accounted for.

The Examiner has created a handy interactive map highlighting the exaggerated job claims, broken down by state and locality.  The map is accompanied by a chart fully documenting the jobs “not really created or saved” by the Stimulus.   Check both out here.

Freddoso and Hemingway write that the project “remains a work in progress because relatively few newspapers have scrutinized stimulus spending so far.”  They plan to update the map and chart as new revelations are reported on by the media.

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