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December 17, 2010 09:03 PM UTC

Ritter the "Jobs Governor"?

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  • by: Colorado Pols

New employment numbers are out this morning from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, and the news is good: Colorado has now added jobs for three consecutive months for the first time in three years. According to a press release from Gov. Bill Ritter’s office (full text after the jump):

In addition to the 3,800 jobs added in November, Colorado employers added 5,200 jobs in October and 3,300 jobs in September, for a three-month total of 12,300.

At 8.6 percent, Colorado’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 9.8 percent and is lower than rates in many other states.

Economists and politicos can (and will) debate on the reasons behind the job growth in Colorado, but will Gov. Ritter’s legacy be in part defined as a “Jobs Governor”? Take a look at the statement from Tom Clark, EVP of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., in today’s press release:

“I think Bill Ritter in many respects may go down as the biggest economic development governor,” said Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

Those are certainly strong words, and coming from the well-respected Clark, that statement will raise plenty of eyebrows. But it’s hard to completely dispute the idea; with Colorado in better shape than much of the country in terms of unemployment numbers, the Governor has to get some of the credit…just as he would get much of the blame if the opposite were true.  

Gov. Bill Ritter said he is encouraged by today’s job numbers and believes there is much reason for optimism about the state’s economic recovery heading into the new year. Colorado employers added 3,800 jobs in November – marking three consecutive months of jobs gains for the first time in three years – the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment reported this morning.

“The primary indicator for any state of economic recovery is job growth, and for the first time in three years, we have experienced three straight months of job growth here in Colorado,” Gov. Ritter said. “While families, businesses and the state’s economy as a whole continue to struggle, these numbers demonstrate the recovery has started and our economic-development strategies are working.”

In addition to the 3,800 jobs added in November, Colorado employers added 5,200 jobs in October and 3,300 jobs in September, for a three-month total of 12,300.

At 8.6 percent, Colorado’s unemployment rate remains well below the national average of 9.8 percent and is lower than rates in many other states.

For the past four years, Gov. Ritter has advanced an aggressive economic-development agenda. He has focused on emerging industries such as energy, aerospace, information technology and the biosciences, while also building on the state’s assets, including cornerstone industries such as tourism, the creative industries and agricultural sectors.

Strategies have included:

  • Establishing Colorado as an internationally recognized leader in the New Energy Economy;

  • Cutting taxes for 30,000 small businesses;

  • Simplifying the corporate tax code;

  • Creating a job-growth incentive for new and existing companies; and

  • Providing hundreds of small businesses with access to capital so they can retain and create jobs.
  • “I think Bill Ritter in many respects may go down as the biggest economic development governor,” said Tom Clark, executive vice president of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp.

    Just this week, Gov. Ritter announced a partnership with NASA intended to create 10,000 new jobs over the next five years by accelerating the commercial rollout of aerospace and energy technologies.

    Earlier this year, for the second year in a row, Forbes named Colorado the fourth best state for businesses and for encouraging economic growth. CNBC also has ranked Colorado the third best state two years running, and according to the American Legislative Exchange Council, Colorado’s economic outlook ranks second best of all 50 states.

    “Our economy is recovering and Colorado is well-positioned for a strong and healthy future,” Gov. Ritter said. “Colorado has not escaped the worst recession since the Great Depression, but we are beginning to see the kind of sustainable job growth necessary to move Colorado forward.”

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    7 thoughts on “Ritter the “Jobs Governor”?

    1. because he was unlucky enough to be governor during a crippling recession. He should get credit for managing it as well as anyone could expect.

      Over here on the Western Slope, though, the Republicans will keep to their erroneous conviction that Ritter’s oil and gas rules singlehandedly caused the recession.

      1. Earlier this year, for the second year in a row, Forbes named Colorado the fourth best state for businesses and for encouraging economic growth.

        How about one of you Republican rig-huggers out there explaining to us how Forbes magazine got to be so full of shit?  

    2. He knows this stuff – he’s one of the smartest, most experienced, most respected eco devo guys in the country.  I think Gov. Ritter will be remembered for advancing green energy jobs.  He may also get credit for the green MMJ jobs, since they started on his watch.  KushCon this weekend – how many dollars?    

    3. Colorado’s future is more in the New Energy Economy, not in expanding the presence of the military-industrial complex in Colorado in an era of federal budget problems, as Hickenlooper is advocating. You need to be listening more to the current Democratic governor and less to your Republican business friends (except Tom Clark, apparently).

      1. You can bet your BP (pronounced…bippy) that the boys at the Brown Palace are bending his ear on a regular basis.

        It will be very interesting to see which way he swings.

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