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Economist says Jindal 'misinterprets' jobs data

4 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Wednesday, October 29 2014 Oct 29, 2014 October 29, 2014 2:13 PM October 29, 2014 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Melinda Deslatte

BATON ROUGE - The Legislature's chief economist and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration are at odds about what state employment data shows about Louisiana's job growth.

Greg Albrecht, with the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Office, says the Jindal administration has been inaccurately describing Louisiana as outperforming much of the South and the nation.

Albrecht says the state is underperforming those regions, largely because of sizable cuts in state government jobs. But he says even if looking only at the private sector, Louisiana is simply performing on par with the South and the nation, not ahead of them.

Jindal's economic development secretary, Stephen Moret, says it's not his agency, but Albrecht that isn't reading the labor figures correctly. Moret says Albrecht is "cherry-picking" numbers.

Moret says Louisiana's private-sector job growth since January 2008 is fourth-best nationwide.

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