February 1st, 2010
02:46 PM ET
5 years ago

CNN Fact Check: Job created by stimulus

On Saturday, the administration reported that stimulus money funded nearly 600,000 jobs in the fourth quarter of 2009. The figure is based on responses from about 160,000 recipients of stimulus funds. Previously, the White House reported 640,329 jobs were created or saved through September 30. This number was criticized because some recipients might have reported "saving" people who would not have been laid off. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, called the number "misleading and unreliable."

Fact Check: Are White House-reported figures on the number of jobs created under the stimulus plan unreliable?

The CNN Fact Check Desk found that:

- Last November, the Congressional Budget Office estimated that between 600,000 and 1.6 million jobs were created through the third quarter, but said "it is impossible to determine how many of the reported jobs would have existed in the absence of the stimulus package."
- Also in November, the Government Accountability Office found "significant reporting and quality issues that need to be addressed."
- Last December, The White House Office of Management and Budget changed its guidance for stimulus recipients. Instead of asking recipients to report the amount of jobs created or saved with stimulus money, the Office asked recipients to report the amount of jobs "funded" by stimulus money.

Bottom Line: The White House-reported figures on jobs that were created under the stimulus plan are not specific enough to be deemed reliable.


Filed under: Jobs • Stimulus
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. mehrrh

    Fact checking is a good thing - it's too bad that you didn't do this under the Bush regime. CNN: better late than never, particularly since there is a Democratic president now. I think CNN was too occupied cheerleading Dumbya and his unfunded wars and tax cuts.

    February 1, 2010 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    I'm still employed due to stimulus funds.

    1 JOB SAVED

    February 1, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  3. success

    job figures can never be absolutely accurate.everyone knows that there are unprecedented factors. research tells me the white house figures are close enough. I am really ashamed for CNN to emulate fox in bashing our president.

    February 1, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  4. Why not! America's broke! Let's party!

    Since when do we meaure this ficticious number of "jobs saved"?

    Who would know if jobs would not have been saved if they were left alone???

    It assumes Americans are stupid and unresourceful on their own???

    This "jobs saved" farce is insulting to the American people and they should stop saying that!

    February 1, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  5. Dave in Ohio

    What a politicians dream......stating and taking credit for something that can't be proven or disproven

    February 1, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. b franklin

    CNN...In other words...Inaccurate. Call it what it is. The White House is spouting numbers that cannot be verified.

    There are many more people without work than there are without insurance. Of course those 2 things can go together.

    Perhaps the unemployment numbers are high to keep the number of uninsured high to justify shoving a bad health-care bill down our throats.

    February 1, 2010 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Debby

    CNN why can't you just say FALSE instead of tip-toeing around it.

    February 1, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Independant Vet

    DON'T HAVE TO UDERLINE IT IN GREEN , THAT WHEN YOU GIVE JOB,S TO CHINA ( BUILDING WIND TURBINES ) THAT CREATED 200 JOBS IN CHINA AND 20 HERE. .

    THEN GIVES BRZILLIAN OIL EXPORATION COMPAMY 2 BILLION DOLLARS FOR OFF SHORE DRILLING. . WHICH IS THE 8TH LARGEST IN THE WORLD . SOLE PURPOSE IS , THAT ALL THAT OIL GOES TO CHINA .

    WHO IS THE BIGGEST STOCK HOLDER IN THAT COMPANY . !! OBAMA'S MOST GENEROUS CAMPAIN SUPPORTER " GEORGE SOROS " UH HUH .FOLOW THEM DOTTS . CAMPAIN , FUNDS ARE COMING DUE ,

    STILL NO SUBSTANCE , KEEPS FLYING AROUND LIKE WE WERE SO LODED WITH $$$$$ AN YOUR GRAND CHILDREN 'S ,CHILDREN WILL NEVER SEE THE USA DEBT FREE . 4 YOUR DOLLAR TODAY IS NOT WORTH WHAT IT COST TO PRINT IT . 6 CENTS. UH HUH .

    February 1, 2010 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    This is not doing a thing to help the huge credibility gap this administration has. Neither is failing to admit the obvious fact that health care negotiations were not carried on C-SPAN so that everyone could see how they were being done.

    Credibility is important to Americans, regardless of what Obama's political advisors are telling him. He knows full well what the unemployment rate is and he should just come clean with the facts.

    February 1, 2010 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  10. Right Leaning Independent

    Dutch is employed due to stimulus funds yet he is blogging 24/7! Is blogging for Obama the employment you are talking about or are you being paid from my tax money and playing on a computer all day when you should be working?

    February 1, 2010 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |