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Fact-checking the new Michaud ad

Mike Michaud

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud released a campaign ad on Monday in which the career politician made a dubious claim about job creation in Maine over the past year.

Said Michaud, “If you look at the Maine being one of the three states that’s actually lost jobs, uh, over the last year, the uncertainty, uh, is real.”

According to statistics from the Maine Department of Labor, the total number of nonfarm jobs (seasonal adjusted) in the state was 598,500 as of September 2012.

As of July of 2013, the most recent month for which data is available, the total number of seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs was 602,000 – an increase of 3,500 jobs.

The following graph shows seasonally adjusted nonfarm job numbers from September of 2012 to July of 2013:

Maine Jobs

Michaud’s claim of year-over-year job loss would be accurate if he were making it in December of 2012, as labor statistics show a decrease of 1,200 jobs from December of 2011 to that month.

S.E. Robinson
MaineWire Reporter

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