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Michigan has had 0% job growth in the Whitmer era

Governor says Michigan is the best for job creation, but the numbers tell a different story

“Made in Michigan is always best, especially when it comes to new jobs,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tweeted this week. “Since I took office, we’ve created tens of thousands of new jobs that bring paths to prosperity to every corner of our state. Let’s go!”

But the record from the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells a different story.

There were 4,439,200 jobs in Michigan when Whitmer became governor in January 2019. There are still 4.4 million jobs in 2023.

There has been a 0% increase and Michigan is the 12th-worst among the states for job increases, according to James Hohman, director of fiscal policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

The number of jobs in the United States is up by 4.2% over the same period.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.