For the period January 2003 – January 2007, the Romney record on state government job growth is compared against the national state employment aggregate. Likewise, private sector job growth in Massachusetts is compared against the national private sector aggregate, thus, benchmarking the Romney record against the national record.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics compiles data on both private sector and government employment. The data on both state government and private employment is available on a state and national aggregate basis for any specified time-frame via the BLS data servlets, as follows:
Massachusetts State Government: BLS series ID SMS25000009092000001 (click) here.
National Aggregate State Government: BLS series ID CES9092000001 (click)here.
Massachusetts Private Employmwent: BLS series ID SMU25000000500000001 (click) here:
National Private Employment: BLS series ID CES0500000001 (click) here:
Comparison of the Romney record against the national record:
Here’s the graph:
Here’s the supporting data table:
The comparisons make clear that state government employment increased 2.8% in Massachusetts, more than twice the national state government employment aggregate of 1.1%. Private sector employment over the same period in Massachusetts increased 1.4%, less than a quarter of the national aggregate of 5.9%. It should be noted that this comparative performance decrement mirrors economic growth in the state as annual real GDP grew 1.6% over Romney’s tenure, as opposed to an annual increase of 2.7% nationally.