Just for S & G, I decided to visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website. The following report gives regional and state employment and unemployment statistics for May 2009:
" In May, nonfarm payroll employment decreased in 39 states and increased in 11 states and the District of Columbia. The largest over-the-month decrease in the level of employment occurred in California (-68,900), followed by Florida (-61,000), Texas (-24,700), and Michigan (-23,900). Arizona and Florida experi- enced the largest over-the-month percentage decreases in employ- ment (-0.8 percent each), followed by Oklahoma (-0.7 percent) and Arkansas, Kentucky, and Michigan (-0.6 percent each). The largest over-the-month increases in employment occurred in Massachusetts (4,900), Connecticut (3,600), North Dakota (3,000), and Alaska (2,900). Alaska (+0.9 percent) experienced the largest over-the-month percentage increase, followed by North Dakota (+0.8 percent) and Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Mexico (+0.2 percent each). Over the year, nonfarm employment decreased in 48 states and the District of Columbia, increased in 1 state, and remained unchanged in 1 state. The largest over-the-year per- centage decreases occurred in Arizona (-7.4 percent), Michigan (-7.2 percent), Nevada (-6.1 percent), Idaho (-5.5 percent), Oregon (-5.4 percent), and Florida (-5.3 percent). Only North Dakota (+1.4 percent) reported an over-the-year percentage in- crease, and Alaska (0.0 percent) reported no over-the-year percent- age change." - source is http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm
The numbers are worse for June.
So, tell me again how the Stimulus is working exactly as planned?