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White House changes how stimulus jobs are counted
January 12, 2010
[efoods]Now we’ll never know just how many jobs were funded by the $787 billion stimulus program.
Until a policy change last month, Obama administration officials had said they would keep a running count of the number of jobs created or saved by the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Going forward, the White House will only tally jobs one quarter at a time and not attempt to determine a total.
On top of that, the administration has directed Recovery Act recipients to report all jobs funded with stimulus money – regardless of whether they were new jobs or existing ones. That change gets rid of the controversial “jobs saved” designation, which asked recipients to determine which positions would have been eliminated were it not for stimulus.
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