Georgia ties 29,113 jobs to stimulus funds

Federal stimulus money funded 29,113 jobs in Georgia during the last quarter, mostly for teachers, college professors, police officers and other public positions, according to a state report released this week.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, state agencies spent $979.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, bringing the total spent in Georgia to $4.6 billion. Georgia has been awarded $6.9 billion in federal stimulus funds so far.

The federal program is paying for a mix of tax breaks; entitlements; and contracts, grants and loans. Nationwide, the program funded 671,607 jobs during the last quarter, according to the federal website recovery.gov.

Proponents say the program has helped save and create jobs and thereby has softened the impact of the recession. But critics have questioned the federal government’s job-counting formula, which counts jobs as full-time equivalent positions funded with federal stimulus dollars, whether or not they were in jeopardy of being eliminated. The formula also counts pay raises as fractions of jobs.

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Us vs Us

November 11th, 2010
12:59 pm

Before the “OMG we spent a million per job” crowd shows up. These numbers show jobs created by the state only , NOT the jobs created by the other state spending for capital projects etc such as the purchase of materials, consultation, etc. Many more jobs were created or saved in the private sector by this spending.

TEE

November 11th, 2010
2:32 pm

UUUMmmmm, How many of the people that have a job due to the Presidents stimulus fund, voted against the people that funded their jobs, helped save their homes, and keep that car in the driveway ???????? what you did was bite the hand that feeds you….and for that you pay the price..

vuduchld

November 11th, 2010
3:05 pm

Maybe the pilgrims who claimed that Stimulus dollars din’t work in Jawja need to ask Nathan Deal if he can lend them some cash. Oh, I forgot, he’s broke. MY BAD!!!

Frontman

November 11th, 2010
3:59 pm

Read the last paragraph again, dipsticks…
The methodology is designed to inflate the statistics.

BE

November 11th, 2010
4:22 pm

the last paragraph says that the methodology of the federal reports was questioned- although it still may be arguably perfectly valid- but the article also says the report was a STATE report, so probably not using the federal methodology

Frontman

November 11th, 2010
4:59 pm

Then what was the state methodology? If it’s different, then maybe we should find out what it is before we take its conclusion as holy writ, no? Or do you simply think that whatever your government, be it state or federal, says is 100% accurate?
Re the federal methodology: I’m not sure how you can say with a straight face that federal funding which allows a certain set of workers to get a 3% raise instead no raise saves or produces jobs.Don’t know too many semi-intelligent people who would buy into that one…

Finally, of course, notice that most of the jobs which were “funded” (whatever that means) are in the public sector. Does this mean that most of the jobs “saved or produced” are also in the public sector? If so, tell me just how that improves the economy? Last time I checked, the public sector does not really produce much of anything.

No Money, No Problem

November 11th, 2010
5:22 pm

Folks, the stimulus helped the state balance the budget. Now, the state will have to balance the budget minus a few hundred million. One party state = no one else to blame.

captguitarman

November 11th, 2010
5:30 pm

This is news? The stimulus went to the states (counties, cities, etc.) to “create” jobs — but the numbers are difficult to prove, methodologies are different, etc. etc.?? Here’s a flash for you. The money went to the states, but not to create jobs, but to maintain pay scales, raises, bonuses, for public employees, teachers, firemen, etc. Why is that so? You might ask. Because the states, counties, cities are chock full of public employee union members. Which way do public employee unions 90% of the time? To the Dems, of course. And they are entrenched ntrenched in the public sector because thanks to the Dem passed rules, regulations, etc. it is next to impossible to fire them, even with good cause, and private employees can only dream of their benefits, pensions, steady raises, etc. They know well the hand that feeds them, and they are very loyal and a critical component of any Dem victory or success. This is also very true in the unionized, ever-growing, more powerful, and increasingly prosperous Federal bureacracy. Politically, you have to give Obama and the Dems credit, making sure that one of their most, if not the most, important constituencies made it through the Great Recession unscathed, using all taxpayers’ money, and then take credit for creating new jobs on top of it all.

hl

November 11th, 2010
5:46 pm

Frontman, Last time I checked, the public sector does not really produce much of anything. Teachers might not agree with that statement. I assume someone taught you how to read and write.

Us vs Us

November 11th, 2010
8:15 pm

@captguitarman – you have no earthly idea what your talking about. The public sector has been laid off or furloughed with pay freezes since recession started. Money was spent to keep the lights on and update infrastructure where needed. You’re either ignorant or a liar, which is it?

Truthfighter

November 11th, 2010
9:10 pm

Wow…Cant give credit were credit is due. As the headline reads “Georgia ties 29,113 jobs to stimulus funds”. Good timing AJC, wonder why this wasnt published as a headline around election time? Maybe for the same reason, AJC.com refers to “President Obama”, as Obama.

JD

November 12th, 2010
8:19 am

HL – Read both volumes by Adam Smith, then the federalist papers, then Dewey, Buckley, Friedman, and Samuelson. The public sector is more efficient in areas where private sector will/cannot address public goods/needs. Defense, public safety, education (those for-profit higher eds have worst grad rates and highest loan default rates), conservation, health… to name a few.

jp

November 15th, 2010
7:15 am

it is a shame that people who fight against the Presidents and the party that tryed to help save so many family homes , jobs.now want the same help that those family who were in need of but it was wrong to the first group of family but it is ok now to help them ummm what wrong with you voted against the hands that there to help them , get real people lets work together and live together right is right and it time that our leader help everyone no matter what party they are do the right thing for all the people in the US.