If Gov. Corbett learned anything from his 2010 campaign, it should have been the perils of anecdotal claims about Pennsylvania's unemployed residents. But there was Corbett Monday, explaining during his monthly "Ask The Governor" show at PAMatters.com why the state is lagging in job growth.
“There are many employers who say, look, we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them," Corbett said. "And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.”
Corbett didn't cite any sources or name any employers passing along this troubling information. And that had a familiar ring to it. Corbett, as the Republican nominee for governor, said three times in July 2010 that employers had complained to him about potential hires who preferred staying on unemployment to taking new jobs.
Corbett offered half an apology after the resulting furor, explaining that he wasn't speaking about all of the unemployed people in the state. Corbett's campaign refused to cite any sources for his claim, calling it "anecdotal information" that he heard from employers but didn't know to be fact.
Corbett on Monday was responding to a question about Pennsylvania ranking 49th in the nation in job creation in March. He argued that job creation has been on the rise since he took office in January 2011. He also claimed that other states were adding jobs at a faster rate because they "had more ground to make up than we did."
“All the indicators are going in the right direction except for this anomaly in the rate of growth," Corbett said.