Something didn’t seem right.
After hearing Eliot Cutler and Mike Michaud proclaim that Maine has lost jobs since Gov. Paul LePage took office, I did some relatively easy research and proved their claims are false. A Pew Charitable Trusts research study released in June that shows Maine was one of three states to lose jobs in the last year is built upon jobs data that was later corrected.
According to the Maine Department of Labor, here are Maine’s actual jobs data:
July 2012 — 653,600 employed
July 2013 — 660,300 employed
Since LePage took office, more than 10,000 new jobs have been created.
In his introductory video, Michaud does not name a source for his claim; he just says that jobs were lost. He is kicking off his campaign with a false statement.