The White House
The Associated Press
Economic Policy Institute
, and the
Republican National Committee
are going toe-to-toe about the Recovery Act’s impact ahead of the big ARRA jobs numbers which are
set to be released this afternoon on
The White House has already indicated that it expects the numbers to show that the stimulus created or saved
. Moreover, the 3.5 percent GDP figure released yesterday suggests that federal initiatives have had a
, but perhaps
did not go far enough
We here at Good Jobs First, ducking the food fight, remind everyone of our observation last week that the jobs numbers are being
. Despite critics’ claims, let’s remember: the numbers released today are from actual recipients of stimulus grants and contracts, not the White House. As of yesterday, the data are "locked" and cannot be changed until the next reporting period. Initial impressions indicate that recipients may have done a
poor job reporting
job creation and retention, in part at least because recipients lacked clear guidance from the Office of Management and Budget.
When the data do come out, we will offer our own independent analysis.