Brown Wrong on Factory Job Loss Rate

FEB. 2, 2012


California Gov. Jerry Brown may have met his moment of infamy on a Feb 1 TV show.  He said, “California is losing manufacturing jobs at a rate no faster than the rest of the country.”

Brown’s claim is not backed up by data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  California lost manufacturing jobs at a higher rate than competing states.  Here are the percentage and absolute number of manufacturing job losses in competing states over the last decade:

Manufacturing Job Losses in Competing States

State Percent Job Losses
Percent Difference Than California Total M’fing. Job Losses
Nevada – 18 + 15 -6,400
Texas – 23 + 10 -188,300
Oregon – 26 +   7 -43,300
Arizona – 28 +   5 -42,100
California – 33      0 -411,300
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

California lost 15 percentage points more manufacturing jobs than Nevada and 10 percentage points more than Texas.  More significantly, California lost 411,300 manufacturing jobs over the decade.  That is more than the 280,100 for Nevada, Texas, Oregon and Arizona combined.

Brown continued, “This is the place where Facebook started, where Hewlett-Packard started, where Steve Jobs built Apple Computer just a few miles from where we’re sitting. This is a place of innovation.”

But Apple and Hewlett Packard are companies that have out-sourced almost all their computer component manufacturing to China. In the 1970s, Jobs and his Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak scrounged parts for their early computers from the leftovers of HP and other manufacturing giants. They couldn’t do that nowadays unless they moved to China.

And Facebook wasn’t “started” in California. It was started at Harvard University. It only moved out here later because founder Mark Zuckerberg wanted to live and work among the top companies and geniuses of his industry. Hasn’t Brown seen “The Social Network“?

Facebook IPO

Brown mentioned Facebook because its IPO is expected to net a $500 million tax windfall for California’s coffers. But to be prosperous, a state needs to produce more than high-tech jobs for people with high IQs.

The ancient Greek philosopher Socrates once said, “Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problems of wheat.”

One might say that California’s politicians cannot be ignorant of the problems of manufacturing and claim to be qualified to find solutions to unemployment.

With the value of the dollar diluted by Federal Reserve policy, California could re-capture some industries from overseas.  But what is Gov. Brown doing to bring this about?

He continues to back the Bullet Train to Nowhere. And he’s implementing AB 32, the jobs-killing Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.

Curiously, the program Brown appeared on, “The War Room,” is hosted by Jennifer Granholm, the former Michigan governor. During her time in office, her policies emptied the Great Lake State of manufacturing jobs, as Chrysler and GM went bankrupt. No wonder she didn’t press Brown on his anti-manufacturing policies.

When it comes to manufacturing, California needs leadership, not a smooth TV conversationalist who claims to model his policies on the ancient Greek ruler Aristides.



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  1. Rogue Elephant
    Rogue Elephant 2 February, 2012, 10:03

    Brown is a PATHOLOGICAL LIAR. He tells. bald-faced lies about the costs of HSR. He lies about jobs. I wonder if he’s suffered a stroke and lost his grip on reality.

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  2. Beelzebub
    Beelzebub 2 February, 2012, 10:43

    All politicians who lie while in office or lie to get into political office should be automatically barred from reelection. In fact, I really believe that lying to gain votes or to acquire monetary contributions from the public should be as serious a crime as perjury and prosecuted as such. It is a form of fraud after all.

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  3. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 2 February, 2012, 14:38

    All politicians who lie while in office or lie to get into political office should be automatically barred from reelection

    Never happen, the SCOTUS would strike the law down as a violation of free speech, just like they did in Citizens United.

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  4. David H
    David H 2 February, 2012, 15:14

    Our politicians are living the California dream. No doubt about it. If you are in office you can pretty much write you own check.

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  5. queeg
    queeg 2 February, 2012, 16:43

    Democrats will rule you until they clean you out…your a performing elephant in a liberal circus tent!!!

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  6. Hondo
    Hondo 2 February, 2012, 18:04

    Yes, I admit, I worked on Moonbeams campaign for prez in 1992. But he has changed alot since then. Then he only took $100 dollars or less in donations and he trashed the prison workers union. Now he swaps spit with the prison workers after taking millions in donations from unions. He gave them everything they wanted in their new contract. He’s smoking a lot of medical herb to say Kalifornia isn’t losing jobs. He was kinda honest back then. Now, he has become what he ran against in 92.

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  7. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 2 February, 2012, 22:00

    Honda-back in 1992 I was a hardcore Democrat-was my entire life. Sometime in the mid to late 1990’s the public unions took over the Democrat party and ruined it-destroying the poor and middle class whom they always protected up until that point. I was a Brown supporter then too.

    Times, they do change.

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  8. queeg
    queeg 3 February, 2012, 00:53


    Is this day time TV???

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  9. Dennis the Saint
    Dennis the Saint 3 February, 2012, 08:16

    As former PM Margaret Thatcher said, “the only problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.”

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  10. Rex The Wonder Dog!
    Rex The Wonder Dog! 3 February, 2012, 08:40

    Is this day time TV???

    If it is then Jerry Clown qualifies as the “Jerry Springer Show” “)

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  11. Mark Landsbaum
    Mark Landsbaum 3 February, 2012, 10:19

    Nice job of reporting Wayne.

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  12. eck
    eck 3 February, 2012, 19:51

    Jerry “Clown” does not have a clue about anything in the real world or business. He’s a complete ignoramus and life-long sucker on the public teat. California voters should be ashamed of ever voting for this loser. (Yeah right, most voters are idiots)

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