Porkulus private-sector jobs saved or created in NH?

posted at 8:48 am on October 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The Obama administration estimated that their stimulus package would “save or create” 16,000 jobs in New Hampshire this year, and spent over $407 million to do so.  As part of their participation in Porkulus, each state has to report back to the federal government the number of jobs “saved or created” using an OMB formula that takes the number of hours worked from Porkulus contracts and grants, and divides them by the number of 40-hour work weeks from 2/17/09 (when Porkulus went into effect) and 9/30/09.  The state of New Hampshire has reported the results after having spent most of the funds, and the result is dramatically less than expected:

Jobs Contracts Approved 093009

In short, using the calculation the OMB provides, Porkulus “saved or created” 3,007 jobs. With the money spent on Porkulus until now, that comes to a cost of $135,450 per job — and that’s not even for a full year.  In fact, using a full-year calculation, as New Hampshire’s Director of the Office of Economic Stimulus suggests, the actual number of full-time job equivalents “saved or created” drops to 1,862.  At that number, each job will have cost $218,742.

Now Hampshire looks at the jobs that actually got “saved or created”, even with the OMB measure, and notices a pattern:

President Barack Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), commonly known as the stimulus act, created or saved only 221 private sector jobs between February 17th and September 30th NowHampshire.com has learned.

And despite President Obama’s heavy emphasis on road and bridge repair during the debate over the stimulus, the measure has created or saved only 116 road construction jobs this year.

Indeed.  In looking at the table on the last page of the report, it becomes clear that New Hampshire and the federal government directed the money primarily at politically sensitive government jobs.  Over two-thirds of the jobs are in the Department of Education, and another 745 in “government services.”  Directing the money there allowed New Hampshire to avoid the politically difficult job of downsizing and streamlining in response to the downturn in revenues during the recession.  The White House can claim that they saved the job of teachers, police officers, and firefighters whose jobs were never in jeopardy, and New Hampshire avoided cutting jobs elsewhere by shifting the money to cover budget shortfalls.

Meanwhile, what happens to these jobs when Porkulus runs out?  Almost none of these jobs are established on new economic growth.  They’re either jobs that New Hampshire has to fund anyway (teachers, police officers, firefighters) or one-off project jobs that will disappear when the money does.

Even Democrats like New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter are having second thoughts about Porkulus as this becomes more obvious:

No, the money should have gone into the private sector, and the government should start cutting back dramatically to return to fiscal sanity.

Update: Porkulus “saved or created” 8200 jobs in Wisconsin, mainly government jobs that weren’t going to be cut, just as in New Hampshire.  The Autopsy has the details.


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it becomes clear that New Hampshire and the federal government directed the money primarily at politically sensitive government jobs.

no surprise there…

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FAIL

cmsinaz on October 21, 2009 at 8:52 AM

New Hampshire is actually doing some bridge maintenance. Massachusetts is just repaving.

Maybe the stimulus can fund a Mandarin language program for elementary schools so the children can learn handy phrases like, “Thank you for the road, Master!”

fluffy on October 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

I’m shocked! Next thing, you’ll tell me the stimulus act was really intended just to stimulate government! Say it ain’t so!

jwolf on October 21, 2009 at 8:53 AM

Will Biden be stopping by to tout this?

/s

cmsinaz on October 21, 2009 at 8:54 AM

There’s your future under Obama, America.

Lost your job?

You’re going to end up doing road construction and being forced to join a union. You’ll subsist on government contract labor and have to depend on politicians for your paychecks.

It doesn’t matter what you did in the private sector. You’re going to either “fix roads” or build useless windmills.

Some future, huh?

Yay government!

Good Lt on October 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

Scam WOW!!!

tarpon on October 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

In the liberal mindset it is not the results that are important, but the amount of public money thrown at a “problem.”

Look at public education. Or the “War on Poverty.”

Billions and billions spent. And the result?

An “urgent” need to throw even more money at the “problem.”

In the liberal mind, if we only spend more money we can “fix” the problem….but we never seem to reach that point where a problem is actually fixed. Falling short time and again, the liberals will cast blame on the Right, saying, in effect, the Right shoulda let us spend more, we coulda fixed things, and we woulda but those evil conservatives stood in the way. If I had a dime for every coulda, shoulda, and woulda coming out of the mouths of liberals, hell, I could finance just about everything from my own pocket.

So, in the liberal mindset, why should Porkulus be any different?

coldwarrior on October 21, 2009 at 8:56 AM

No, the money should have gone into the private sector,

actually the money shouldve never been taken out of the private sector in the first place.

chasdal on October 21, 2009 at 9:00 AM

“Stimulus II: Nightmare on Main Street” will hit theaters by March 2010.

jbh45 on October 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

In other words, the money was used to protect union jobs.

Bishop on October 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Mark Steyn had a great piece about this a few weeks ago-he lives in the Woodsville area of NH (which is about 20 miles upstream from Dahtmouth College) and he was taking NH Rt. 25 from Woodsville to Plymouth to hop on I-93 for a trip south. I drive this same stretch of road regularly and it has always been in pretty good shape, as it is used by a lot of logging truck traffic.

As Steyn noted, they were repaving almost the entire 40 mile stretch-even though it didn’t need it.

But of course, repaving is “re-covering”. ‘Nuff said.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Instead of taking into account numerous factors to determine jobs saved or created, the administration essentially has one measure. Epic Fail here. Government spending is the least efficient and most costly allocation of resources. Porkulus hasn’t stimulated the broader economy, i.e., many parts of the private sector have not been impacted positively by the spending.

WordsMatter on October 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

Repeal the rest of this thievery.

Obama has forfeited his legitimacy and no one who holds the ideals of our country year, wishes for him to continue in office.

Resign now, Obama. You can move overseas and spend the rest of your life making speeches bashing America, which will combine your two true loves.

NoDonkey on October 21, 2009 at 9:03 AM

At that number, each job will have cost $218,742.

That is a stunning level of corruption. Considering that those jobs, I am willing to bet, do not pay $200,000, where did all that money go?

There’s a hell of a lot of money that’s been appropriated for porkulous that has gone missing. Too bad most of the journalists have traded in their notebooks for cheerleader outfits.

One final thought: I wonder if George Soros engineered Dear Liar’s election in return for a run on the US Treasury?

rbj on October 21, 2009 at 9:04 AM

In other words, the money was used to protect union jobs.

Bishop on October 21, 2009 at 9:01 AM

Speaking of unions and job recovery, last week the pink slips started going out to some 750 New Hampshire state employees, after their union rejected pay cut and furlough proposals. Hardest hit was Health and Human Services.

Del Dolemonte on October 21, 2009 at 9:05 AM

I did a report on the Porkulus “job saving” as well, but in Wisconsin.

The reports claim that the Porkulus is saving or creating jobs in education, and police and fire departments. In fact, the Wisconsin report specifically states that without the Stimulus, Wisconsin would have lost over 6000 of these jobs. Which, in short, is a lie.

Considering all are unionized here, the Democrats wouldn’t dare risk angering their solid-blue constituents, so the argument that these jobs were ever at risk is silly. It’s like someone giving me $100,000, and my response being “Thank goodness I have this money. Now I don’t have to sell my kids for medical experiments.” Would I really sell my kids for medical experiments? Of course not. But I made it sound like a possibility without the infusion of cash.

Nethicus on October 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

As always, the govt only measures the half of equation that makes it look good. What they aren’t doing is measuring the jobs that are going to be lost when we try to pay for porkulus.

MarkTheGreat on October 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

It was always about pumping up the Public payrolls. Imagine how much law enforcement they can hire with 700 Billion smackers.

The Dean on October 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

221. Huh that is a lot of people to paint signs that say “This repaving possible through the benevolence of President Obama”

LincolntheHun on October 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM

“This repaving possible through the benevolence of President Obama”

LincolntheHun on October 21, 2009 at 9:12 AM

Actually, the preferred wording would be, “This repaving possible through the kind acts of Obama the Beneficent, may His name be praised.”

coldwarrior on October 21, 2009 at 9:16 AM

It’s like someone giving me $100,000, and my response being “Thank goodness I have this money. Now I don’t have to sell my kids for medical experiments.” Would I really sell my kids for medical experiments? Of course not. But I made it sound like a possibility without the infusion of cash.

Nethicus on October 21, 2009 at 9:08 AM

Don’t give Barry any ideas!

Laura in Maryland on October 21, 2009 at 9:17 AM

Economy will not be going anywhere for a long time. What businesses are going to make a move with healthcare “reform” and cap-and-tax hanging over their heads?

I’m just wondering when independents turn on Obama en masse. And I’m wondering if the media will still be covering be covering for Obama when it happens. I give it an unhappy set of holidays and a cold Janunary and February.

Obama can point to the Dow for only so long. He has nothing in the pipeline. Where are those green jobs?

BuckeyeSam on October 21, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Don’t mess with VP Joe. This is all working better than he imagined. Then again he imagined himself frequenting a hardware store that did not exist, eating at a local restaurant that closed 20 years before, getting permission to use (or otherwise crediting) Neal Kinnock when extensivly repeating Kinnock’s material and giving charitable contributions to relieve poverty. Quite an imagination on that fellow! Don’t mess with Joe though. He’s on top of the Stimulus as soon as someone reminds him of the web number.

clorensen on October 21, 2009 at 9:20 AM

I found the 3 jobs created in Massachusetts the other day. One cop and probably 2 heavy equipment operators. They were doing something (I still can’t figure out what) to a road in Brockton, MA. They spent more on the sign than the value of the tiny project. Check it out:

Image 1


Image 2

Image 3

TheBigOldDog on October 21, 2009 at 9:23 AM

The stimulus is working out fabulously in my little home town. They are tearing up perfectly good asphalt sidewalks and putting down new concrete ones. Why am I reminded of draining the swamp just so you can refill it?

mwdiver on October 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

How many of these jobs were:

Signmaker, Level I
Signmaker, Level II
Signplacer, Level I

Abby Adams on October 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

The only thing surprising about this story is that the Governor of New Hampshire is referred to as “His Excellency.”

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

In short, using the calculation the OMB provides, Porkulus “saved or created” 3,007 jobs. With the money spent on Porkulus until now, that comes to a cost of $135,450 per job — and that’s not even for a full year.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to cut a check for half that amount to 3007 people who aren’t working and call it done?

James on October 21, 2009 at 9:28 AM

So government made or saved jobs cost as much in percentage over the private sector as government bought hammers & toilet seats.

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Meanwhile, what happens to these jobs when Porkulus runs out? Almost none of these jobs are established on new economic growth. They’re either jobs that New Hampshire has to fund anyway (teachers, police officers, firefighters) or one-off project jobs that will disappear when the money does.

I see two possibilities:

1) The federal government passes another porkulus bill to bail out the states that are in the red.

2) With no political capital(or money for that matter) left, Obama and Congress can’t get another porkulus bill passed, leaving the states no alternative but to slash thousands of government jobs. In many places, this is already happening.

Doughboy on October 21, 2009 at 9:32 AM

Shovel Readilicious!!!

BigWyo on October 21, 2009 at 9:38 AM

The stimulus is working out fabulously in my little home town. They are tearing up perfectly good asphalt sidewalks and putting down new concrete ones.

mwdiver on October 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Next up, property tax increases to maintain the spiffy new sidewalks!

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 9:40 AM

At that number, each job will have cost $218,742.


Let me be clear…..


In a little over one hundred days, this Recovery Act has worked as intended…
Obama statement regarding the stimulus
Saturday radio address,July 11, 2009

“I’m absolutely, positively confident we are on the right track,” he said of the $787 million package.
Joe Biden, July 16, 2009
J Sargent Reynolds Community College

Only a liberal could be blind enough to consider this “smart power”.

Baxter Greene on October 21, 2009 at 9:42 AM

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Government jobs shouldn’t be allowed to count.

I recently moved from Michigan. Population has been on a steady decrease for years. Guess which way the number of state jobs has gone? That’s right. More people being paid by the state even though the tax base has eroded.

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 9:45 AM

The thing i’m waiting to see is how fast we can get these public sector jobs back on line?/s

heshtesh on October 21, 2009 at 9:46 AM

In the liberal mindset it is not the results that are important, but the amount of public money thrown at a “problem.””

Go on, at least finish the formula, its the intent.

A constant of the liberal paradigm that we always hear some version of when there plans don’t pan out. There is always the refrain that “at least they mean well”, as if all non-libbies motivations are somehow malinant, or as I am constantly hearing from leftists regarding Obama’s latest policy failure de jour, “well at leasthe’s trying!” which implies that all of us not of their political stripe aren’t even mking an effort.

No with the average liberal the consequences of their actions always secondary to their allegedly noble intent.

While in the political arena they ruthlessly pursue power with the mind set that due to their noble “intentions, for the good of the people”, “for the children”, or “for the less fortunate” assauges their conscience’s as they employ an “ends-justifies the means” tactics.

How ever, when their ideological formulas are put in practice, like giving people make-work jobs that eventually lead no-where, it reverts to the means justifies the ends. That whatever the productvity that is produced from it at least we created a job. Truly nuts.

When it comes to ends justifies the means, or results being subservient to good intentions by providing short-term paving/road work jobs, we all no where the that road leads, invaribly it is HELL!

While it becomes ever more apparent

Archimedes on October 21, 2009 at 9:48 AM

How about this one for saved jobs?

ACORNS funding was only a temporary cut, that is to say that their funding is soon to be restored.

But the Propaganda Dept of the whitehouse has this one under seal with the MSM ( its impeachment material )

bluegrass on October 21, 2009 at 9:51 AM

New Hampshire is actually doing some bridge maintenance

Projects that were started before Porkulous was passed.

crazy_legs on October 21, 2009 at 10:00 AM

What Obama is really calculating is the number of votes gained or saved with our grand children’s money. They should all be in jail.

orlandocajun on October 21, 2009 at 10:02 AM

The ARRA project right around the corner from my house is only 1/2 done. Been that way for about a month now. Great that they decided to tear up a perfectly good road and not finish the job. Typical government efficiency.

loudmouth883 on October 21, 2009 at 10:03 AM

How many of these jobs were:

Signmaker, Level I
Signmaker, Level II
Signplacer, Level I

Abby Adams on October 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Don’t forget Flagwaver, Level I

loudmouth883 on October 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM

Stimulus fail (I though Joe “Nobody Messes with Joe” Biden was supposed to be Mr. Big Sheriff on this boondoggle).

Where is Joe? Shouldn’t we see Joe out there digging holes, wearing a hard hat, fixing a bridge and getting folks back to work? Helllz Nahhh. ’cause it ain’t happening!

C4C Fail. Printing money to set in front of people for new cars may have saved 10-12% for some, but it cratered, yes CRATERED car sales ever since….

WTFO?

WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
WHERE ARE THE JOBS?
WHERE ARE INCENTIVES TO CREATE JOBS?

I don’t think this administration wants a recovery. They want Americans cold, hungry, destitute and beggards. They want American families with their hands out, begging for a soup line. They want to reduce our ability to fight, to speak out. The only thing they want to hear from us is “mewww”….

am i wrong?

ted c on October 21, 2009 at 10:10 AM

Good Lt on October 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

+1 – The comment not the jobs.

nolapol on October 21, 2009 at 10:20 AM

5 of those jobs had to have been to create The Office of Econominc Stimulus, as seen on the letterhead.

p0s3r on October 21, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Last week Wyoming reported a grand total of 515 jobs created by Porkulus. Last I saw, WY leads the country in using the cash quickly.

Ace ODale on October 21, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Don’t forget Flagwaver, Level I

loudmouth883 on October 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM

And….
Buttscratcher, Level I
Vehicle Holder, Level II
Water Drinker, Level II ;)

TQM38a on October 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Don’t forget Flagwaver, Level I

loudmouth883 on October 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM
And….
Buttscratcher, Level I
Vehicle Holder, Level II
Water Drinker, Level II ;)

TQM38a on October 21, 2009 at 10:37 AM

and…
Shovel Leaner I&II

thomasaur on October 21, 2009 at 10:42 AM

and the government should start cutting back dramatically to return to fiscal sanity.

…and then I snapped out back into reality.

Neo-con Artist on October 21, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The actual cost of each job is irrelevant. If they each cost one million, who cares. Obama won the election on these promises. Folks are getting exactly what they voted for.

Next on the agenda, cap and trade and the faux millions of jobs created at the cost of billions. Even with the Spanish data showing two jobs ended for every job created at the cost of millions per job, cap and trade will be approved with Repub support.

After health care passes we will have multi trillion yearly deficits as far as the eye can see. The inmates are running the asylum.

patrick neid on October 21, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 9:31 AM

Government jobs shouldn’t be allowed to count.

I recently moved from Michigan. Population has been on a steady decrease for years. Guess which way the number of state jobs has gone? That’s right. More people being paid by the state even though the tax base has eroded.

highhopes on October 21, 2009 at 9:45 AM

Not suprising either.

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 10:47 AM

Don’t forget Flagwaver, Level I

loudmouth883 on October 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM
And….
Buttscratcher, Level I
Vehicle Holder, Level II
Water Drinker, Level II ;)

TQM38a on October 21, 2009 at 10:
and…
Shovel Leaner I&II

thomasaur on October 21, 2009 at 10:42 AM

Don’t forget
Junior Porta Potty OccupantSpecialist
Senior Porta Potty Occupasnt Specialist
Porta Potty Union Steward
Porta Potts Government Compliance Officer 1 & 2

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 10:49 AM

Federal Trade Commission Launches Investigation Into Accuracy of “Economic Enhancement” Claims: http://optoons.blogspot.com/2009/08/federal-trade-commission-launches.html

Mervis Winter on October 21, 2009 at 10:50 AM

LOLOL…my typing is really degrading

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Don’t forget:

Urban Police Tape Crime Scene Dispenser.

Urban Empty Shell Casing Environmental Impact Officer

Jeff from WI on October 21, 2009 at 10:53 AM

How many of these jobs were:
Signmaker, Level I
Signmaker, Level II
Signplacer, Level I
Abby Adams on October 21, 2009 at 9:24 AM

Porkulus II will create even more:

Sign Transporter
Sign Repairman
Sign Removal

They might as well just pay people to stand there and hold the sign, in a Statue of Liberty costume, and cry out: “Hey! This project was funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act! We’re putting America to work, people!”

Greek Fire on October 21, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Porkulus “saved or created” 8200 jobs in Wisconsin

Hopefully these Job’s will keep JeffromWI’s state from dumping poo into Lake Michigan!

WashJeff on October 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Cone Placement Specialist

Cone Placement Inspector

Cone Retrieval Specialist

Cone Retrieval Supervisor

Cone Operations Commander

thomasaur on October 21, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”

ExpressoBold on October 21, 2009 at 11:19 AM

I live in Southern NH, and last time I went up north to visit family, I saw 7 bridges with obama stimulus blah blah signs. Guess what? I didn’t see a single truck, person, staged material or any evidence of work being done. Guess they spent all the money making the signs.

viviliberoomuori on October 21, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Most Fervently Wished For Campaign Motto for 2010: Repeal the stimulus!

Obama doesn’t care about bridges. He is funding public employee (union) jobs and giving free stuff to poor people so he can get them hooked on the dole, permanent Democrats.

PattyJ on October 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

The program is worked as it was intended to.

daesleeper on October 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM

worked…

working!

daesleeper on October 21, 2009 at 12:01 PM

Here’s a rundown of jobs created by state. Rhode Island should be pleased to know that with an unemployment rate of 12.78, they have had 5.93 jobs created. They have spent $6,142,915 for 6 jobs….you do the math…THAT’S A LITTLE OVER ONE FREAKING MILLION/JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/TextView.aspx?data=recipientTopJobs&ViewAll=100

You can go to your state via this link:
http://www.recovery.gov/transparency/pages/home.aspx

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 12:15 PM

OK Freestaters…GET GOING ON TAKING THESE FASCISTS OUT! LIVE FREE OR DIE!

BobAnthony on October 21, 2009 at 12:19 PM

Porkulus “saved or created” 8200 jobs in Wisconsin
Hopefully these Job’s will keep JeffromWI’s state from dumping poo into Lake Michigan!

WashJeff on October 21, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Where did they get these facts? Recovery.com site only shows 240 jobs–with $48,405,407 spent…

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM

HERE’S A STATE-BY STATE BREAKDOWN:

State And Agency Data Reported by Federal Contract Recipients
http://www.recovery.gov/pages/textview.aspx?data=homeMapRecipient

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 12:36 PM

Well, I’ve broke out the whiskey…

lovingmyUSA on October 21, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Is Barry going to have another “Porkulus” next budget year? That’s the only way these “government” jobs are going to be “saved” again when the state budget axes begin to fall.

GarandFan on October 21, 2009 at 12:55 PM

How about we elect someone next time for their merits and what they will do for getting people jobs instead of casting a sympathy vote. Put Obambi in Hollywood making George Soros and Michael Moore Propaganda films and put a statesmen in the White House. Get a Attorney General would will put Emmanuel and Axelrod in Prison for life or the firing squad.

bluegrass on October 21, 2009 at 2:12 PM

tarpon on October 21, 2009 at 8:55 AM

I vote thread winner. Still laughing.

dogsoldier on October 21, 2009 at 2:35 PM

It’s good work…

… if you can get it.

Seven Percent Solution on October 21, 2009 at 2:42 PM