Mitt Romney didn’t deliver his ‘exploratory committee’ speech from his office. The speech wasn’t delivered in ‘small town America.’ The speech wasn’t recorded in front of 100,000 screaming fans in a major U.S. city. It was recorded…at a college. And that, meant a lot to me. It meant a lot to me that in the first ten seconds of his video he says, “[college students] wonder if they will find good jobs when they graduate.” To know that there is a candidate that sees that jobs for college students are an issue—and is working hard to find a solution to that issue. But, what does his record show in job creation?

Mitt Romney was Governor of the State of Massachusetts from 2003-2007, and it was a period of huge expansion for the state. How successful was it? During that time period, it was #1 per capita in patents, NIH funding, R&D funding, AND college-degree holding adults in the nation [1]. Additionally, exports, sales, and median household income grew during his time as Governor. All of these great economic indicators…but this blog isn’t about economics—it’s about the number one election issue: jobs.

And…Romney’s job record is absolutely stellar. In December 2003, 3.18 Million Technology-related jobs were in the state, after he left—his policies, based on growth in Technology sector and jobs, were anticipated to grow to 3.30 Million jobs. And unemployment in the state? In January 2003, it was at 6.3% and after his term was over, the unemployment rate fell to 4.4%. If you are still not  a believer on how valuable he is to job creation—the current unemployment rate (in a post-Romney Massachusetts) is 8.7%[2].

That—is a change I can believe in.

Sources:

[1] http://www.masstech.org/institute2009/the_index/index2008-21909.pdf

[2] http://bit.ly/f4wFpD

@Red_White_and_U
4/13/2011 10:06:17

Great post. As a student myself I often worry about finding a job after college. I am glad Mitt is actually worried about it as well. We need jobs! Romney's track record certainly shows he will create them.

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4/13/2011 14:51:08

Interesting how you picked up on the college announcement. I just recently wrote a post about his use of social media. See my site: theregamerican.blogspot.com to read it.

But, I do agree with you. He is very good at creating jobs. His business background along with his political experience should make him quite a contender for the presidency. Hopefully, his exploratory effort will go well...

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