900 More Jobs Lost: Chairman Johnston, Gabrieli, Patrick, Reilly call for Real Leadership
900 MORE JOBS LOST ON ROMNEY/HEALEY’S WATCH — DEMOCRATS CALL FOR REAL LEADERSHIP
More than 900 Massachusetts residents lost their jobs last month, highlighting the failure of Governor Mitt Romney and Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey to follow through on their campaign pledge to grow jobs.
“These latest job numbers are no surprise given that the Romney-Healey administration’s top priority has been moving from the Corner Office to the Oval Office,” said Massachusetts Democratic Party Chairman Phil Johnston. “The people of Massachusetts are desperately seeking the kind of leader who will make job growth a real priority, not an empty campaign promise.”
The Democratic candidates for Governor joined Chairman Johnston in calling for new leadership that will be committed to creating jobs and growing the economy.
“We’re 46th in the nation in job creation, and people are leaving Massachusetts in droves because Mitt Romney and Kerry Healey are not getting results on job creation,” said Chris Gabrieli.
“The Romney-Healey administration doesn’t get it: every time we lose jobs and population, we lose our competitive edge,” said Deval Patrick. “They have a terrible record of attracting and keeping jobs in our state. Even as the national unemployment rate improves, Massachusetts keeps slipping behind. What Romney and Healey see as numbers, I see as people, people caught up in an unforgiving market with an uncaring government. It’s time for a change.”
"Massachusetts is better than this. With respect to job creation, Mitt Romney and Kerry Healey have been all talk and no action," Attorney General Tom Reilly said. "It is time for new, proven leadership to get this economy moving again.”
Nationwide, more citizens are headed back to work, while Massachusetts residents continue to struggle. The loss of 900 jobs forced the state’s unemployment rate up again, the fourth month in a row that the Massachusetts rate was above that of the national rate. Previously, Massachusetts had not seen its unemployment rate surpass the national rate in more than a decade.