Stimulus Job Numbers in Granite State Still a Mystery

May 29, 2009 by Patrick  
Filed under HP_Featured, News & Politics

The New Hampshire Office of Economic Recovery, the ad hoc agency constructed to oversee stimulus projects in New Hampshire, cannot say how many jobs the stimulus bill has created in the Granite State, despite President Barack Obama’s boast this week that the U.S. is “already seeing results” and that the stimulus has already “saved or created” roughly 150,000 jobs in its first hundred days.

NowHampshire.com asked “stimulus czar” Orville “Bud” Fitch earlier this month if he could identify how many jobs the stimulus bill has created. “Not yet,” Fitch replied at the time. “We are still developing the capacity to aggregate all that information from the various state agencies.”

How many jobs has the stimulus created?

How many jobs has the stimulus created?

Mr. Fitch did not provide an estimate as to when his office could provide the information.

NowHampshire.com has since monitored the website dedicated to tracking state stimulus projects. No aggregate jobs numbers appear anywhere on the site. The website states that the mission of the New Hampshire Office of Economic Recovery is, among other things, to “Provide data that will allow citizens to evaluate the Act’s progress and provide feedback.”

Mr. Fitch did not respond to our requests for comment yesterday though it should be noted he has operated in the spirit of transparency throughout our investigation.

Gov. John Lynch, who created the Office of Economic Recovery, says on the website, “I want to ensure that New Hampshire and its citizens receive maximum benefits from the federal recovery legislation, and that the federal funds we receive are used to create jobs and protect essential services here in New Hampshire.”

The governor’s press office did not respond to NowHampshire.com’s request for information about stimulus-related jobs numbers.

The Associated Press reported this week that the U.S. Transportation Department rated New Hampshire in the top 10 for “the percentage of stimulus money for transportation already put to work.” Nevertheless, USA Today reported on Thursday that per capita spending on stimulus contracts to date in New Hampshire is only seventeen cents.

The White House estimated the stimulus law would “save or create” 16,000 jobs in New Hampshire. The U.S. economy has lost roughly 1.6 million jobs since the stimulus became law.

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3 Comments on "Stimulus Job Numbers in Granite State Still a Mystery"

  1. Arty on Fri, 29th May 2009 8:17 pm 

    Lynch, Obama, Stimulus? I didn’t think the economy was that bad yet.

  2. David Gillespie on Wed, 3rd Jun 2009 12:22 pm 

    The reason why they can take credit for the stimulus money already being put to work, because they just accelerated the schedule of projects already started. Both the 93 and Everett Turnpike expansions were planned and in progress prior to the stimulus bill being written.

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