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Callum Borchers on Dueling Statistics Regarding Job Growth in Massachusetts

I was very impressed by a short Boston Globe piece that addresses recent arguments concerning the state of the labor market in Massachusetts during Mitt Romney’s gubernatorial tenure. The Obama campaign has observed that Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 states during his four-year gubernatorial term, and it had been 36th out of 50 states during the previous four years. The Romney campaign, however, has noted that Massachusetts’ relative position improved throughout his tenure, i.e., the state was 51st out of the 50 states and the District of Columbia in his first year in office and it was 32nd in his last full year. 

So it seems that the most potent critique of Romney’s gubernatorial record is not all that potent.

Reihan Salam — Reihan Salam is executive editor of National Review and a National Review Institute policy fellow.

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