Clinton's Job Promises Fell Short as NY Senator

She promised 200K for upstate
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2016 9:49 AM CDT
Clinton's Job Promises Fell Short as NY Senator
Hillary Clinton arrives at the National Association of Black Journalists' and National Association of Hispanic Journalists' Hall of Fame Luncheon in Washington Friday.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Donald Trump often accuses the Washington Post of being out to get him, but on Monday, the newspaper turns a critical eye toward his opponent. Specifically, the Post looks at Hillary Clinton's track record of creating jobs in New York state while she served as a senator from 2001 to 2009—and it comes away underwhelmed. "Nearly eight years after Clinton’s Senate exit, there is little evidence that her economic development programs had a substantial impact on upstate employment," writes Jerry Markon. "Despite Clinton’s efforts, upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent, according to jobs data."

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Clinton has made jobs creation a centerpiece of her 2016 election's economic policy, but the Post suggests she has little to brag about. Before election to the Senate, she made a bold promise to create 200,000 jobs in upstate, but never came close. In fact, most analyses say upstate actually lost jobs in her first term—in the midst of a recession— though it posted an uptick of 0.2% in her second. (She left in 2009 to become secretary of state.) The story also accuses Clinton of touting "cosmetic" projects, often involving campaign contributors and backers of the Clinton Foundation, that resulted in few jobs. A Clinton spokesman counters: “Facing the stiff head winds of the [George W.] Bush economy, she never gave up and never stopped fighting for New York jobs." The full story. (Read more Hillary Clinton 2016 stories.)

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