A release issued earlier today [Monday] by the Governor's Office says nearly 1,300 new jobs were created between between December 2011 and December of last year. The Governor's release cites the Guam Department of Labor's [DOL] December Employment report.
In response, the Democratic Party issued its own interpretation of the report. A statement from Democratic Party Executive Director Carlo Branch states that "760 fewer people are working on Guam when compared to the same time period in 2010."
Branch calls on the Governor "to 'stop spinning' the employment numbers and tell the people of Guam the real story about jobs being lost under his watch."
Branch says that the real numbers can be found on the Guam Department of Labor website HERE
READ the release from the Democratic Party of Guam below:
Democratic Party of Guam Urges Governor to tell the truth about lost jobs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FEBRUARY 11, 2013
The Democratic Party of Guam today has called on Governor Eddie Calvo to “stop spinning” employment numbers and tell the people of Guam the real story about jobs being lost under his watch.
The Party’s statement comes in reaction to the Calvo administration’s claim that jobs are on the rise.
760 fewer people are working on Guam when compared to the same time period in 2010. The real numbers can be found on the Guam Department of Labor website. According to their statistics, in December of 2010 there were 62,600 people employed on Guam. The December 2012 report show that those jobs decreased to 61,840. Out of those lost jobs, 740 of them, or 97 percent, were from the private sector.
“The Calvo administration has always had a loose relationship with the facts,” said.
Democratic Party Executive Director Carlo Branch. “While, they may not want to admit it, former Governor Felix Camacho was better for the private sector in 2010 than Eddie Calvo was in 2012—but we can see why he may not want to admit that fact.”
Calvo is expected to focus on employment numbers in tonight’s State of the Island Address. However, the Democratic Party of Guam is urging the Governor to tell the real story to all the people of Guam.
“It is unfortunate that Governor Calvo is not being forthright regarding the employment situation on Guam,” Branch said. “While a few families are getting richer, too many others are being left behind. It is important that Calvo use the State of the Island address to give our people a true and accurate picture of what is happening in Guam’s workforce and not just spin the numbers to paint a picture that doesn’t exist.”
The actual numbers on employment can be found at: