Costly new Tesla jobs

The state Employment Development Department just released their latest jobs numbers, and guess what? They’re still way bad. Despite 14,200 new nonfarm payroll jobs in April, the state’s unemployment rate remains an abysmal 12.6 percent (the national unemployment rate stands at 9.9 percent).

“The number of people unemployed in California [in April] was 2,300,000 — down by 7,000 over the month, but up by 290,000 compared with April of last year,” says this EDD press release on the new jobs figures.

Leave it to Governor Arnold “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!” Schwarzenegger to spin this travesty to his advantage. “While I am encouraged that April marked the fourth consecutive month California has added jobs, we have a long way to go for employment to recover from this great recession,” he said in this press release, sent out today. “Government needs to encourage private sector hiring, which will increase revenues and economic output, not discourage that hiring by increasing burdens on employers, which would stall our economic recovery.”

And this is already being done! says Arnold. “For proof, we need look no further than the announcement Tesla Motors made yesterday,” he added. “[N]ow Tesla will ramp up its electric vehicle production at the Fremont NUMMI facility, action that could create more than 1,000 jobs in California.”

Yeah, “could.” This is especially depressing when you think that Toyota’s closing of the NUMMI facility a few months ago put 4,600 people out of work. What’s more, Tesla received $465 million in U.S. government -backed loans. Assuming Tesla’s new plant actually creates 1,000 new jobs, that comes to $465,000 in federal subsidies per new employee.

This is seriously how Arnold intends to bring about economic recovery?

-Anthony Pignataro

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  1. Tyler
    Tyler 21 May, 2010, 13:56

    Its wonderful how he puts so much emphasis on attracting private sector jobs by not increasing the burdons on employers, yet he is pushing the single most burdonsome regulation, AB 32, that is going to do nothing but drive businesses out of the State.

    He wants these new companies to increase revenues and economic activity, but his pet project is going to strangle over $180 Billion out of the state economy.

    He is so excited about attracting “Green” companies in order to create jobs and increase revenue for the state, but the fact that most of these green companies are only able to operate because of government subsidies, tax cuts, and government loans, means that the state will probably end up giving them more in government assistance just to keep their doors open than the government will collect in tax revenue. In reality, California is going to attract green companies by becoming the welfare state for anything green.

    It’s amazing how excited Arnold is about California adding 7,000 jobs, yet he is even more excited about AB 32, which is going to KILL 1,100,000 jobs that we currently have in California.

    Now it is being exposed that his staffers are campaigning to undermind the California Jobs Initiative while they are at work (being paid with our tax dollars) and while using state e-,ail accounts (which are paid for with tax dollars). So arnold is using all of that additional tax money that he stole from us over the last year so he can pay public employees to protect his pet project, which is going to kill 1,000,000+ jobs from Californians, cost each person thousands of dollars in increased food & energy costs, and lead to the collapse of California’s economy.

    It sounds like that record tax increase really was needed, but not to keep California from collapsing, they just needed more money to give raises to the staff members of Karen Bass and John Perez, and also so Arnold could hire people to campaign against an initiative that will save the jobs of 1,000,000+ Californians.

    Thats really is money well spent! Its too bad that prop 1A didnt pass. If they had all of that additional money, we would probably upgrade all state vehicles to Bentlys.

    This kind of explains why when Arnold took power, California had the 5th largest economy in the world, and now we are barely in the top 10. If AB 32 is not suspended, California will continue to free fall down that list. Thanks Arnie!

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  2. Admin
    Admin Author 22 May, 2010, 11:20

    Another shocking Arnold statement.

    — John Seiler

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