Monday, March 10, 2014
The graphic was based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It showed Maine was one of three states to lose jobs between 2012 and 2013. Wisconsin and Wyoming were the others.
The table shows a loss of 1,500 jobs in Maine. Texas and North Dakota led the way in job growth, which Pew partially attributed to those states' oil riches.
It didn't take long for the graphic to become a political statement on Gov. Paul LePage's policies. Danny Kanner, the communications director for the Democratic Governors Assocation, quickly tweeted the a link to the graphic with the following comment:
Steve Mistler covers politics and government for the Portland Press Herald. He spends a lot of time in the hallways of the State House.