Thursday, November 05, 2009

Journalism Lives at JS! "Million Jobs" Crap Exploded

Ye gods and little fishes!

A stimulus job report that says more than 10,000 jobs were saved or created in Wisconsin is rife with errors, double counting and inflated numbers based more on satisfying federal formulas than creating real jobs, a Journal Sentinel review has found.

Ben Poston, the reporter, will never darken the doors of Editorial. But there's plenty of room in the journalism department.

Best part of the article?

Officials are touting more than just the direct jobs created or saved, also pointing to harder-to-quantify "indirect" and "induced" jobs.

For instance, according to the state, some 470 jobs have been created or saved so far by road and bridge projects funded with grant money from the Federal Highway Administration.

The state Transportation Department estimates the "total employment impact" at 974 if direct, indirect and induced jobs are counted, according to federal data. Likewise, the federal government claims about 1 million jobs have been created or saved through the stimulus spending when viewed this way.

An indirect job includes one created by an asphalt plant that supplied material for a road construction project. An example of an induced job: A waitress at a restaurant where construction workers eat lunch.

But, Ben, that's the way stuff works in Chicago! Whassamattayouse?

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