Governor Explains Poor Jobs Numbers: Most Unemployed People Are On Drugs

Written by Igor Volsky

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) is facing an uphill fight for re-election as he battles negative job approval ratings and a slow economic recovery. The state’s unemployment rate has dropped to 7.9 percent, but the “number of people working in Pennsylvania tumbled by about 14,000 in March, following a drop of 6,000 in February.” Private employment has remained flat for 13 months, “growing by a mere 1,000 jobs” and landing the state “49th in the nation for job creation during March.”

During an appearance on a local radio show this week, Corbett sought to explain away Pennsylvania’s less than stellar performance, arguing that the state gained 111,000 private sector jobs since he took office and is “doing better than other states.” But then he grew defensive and complained that “a lot” of businesses are still having trouble filling their ranks because too many Pennsylvanians use illegal drugs:

CORBETT: The other area is, there are many employers that say we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them. And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.

Watch it:

A Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll released on Monday found Corbett trailing potental Democratic opponents by at least nine points.

Earlier this month, a state senator introduced a bill requiring drug testing of all recipients and applicants for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families in Pennsylvania. The state is currently “conducing a pilot program in 19 counties of testing only those convicted of felony drug offenses.” Since January of 2012, just two people have failed.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.



Dennis D.
Past Member 5 years ago

Hey EcRo E., When the republican/tea party wants to be more than the party of NO!. Maybe we will see something gets done. But in the meantime the republican tea party are trying to distract the American public with whole Benghazi hearings. Hoping that they can make every one forget that in the 5 and half years of fighting a sitting President.

But you know when the various republican legislation want to do more than roll back the rights on women or hate LGBT. Maybe then they can finally sit down and actually accomplish something of substance.

No whining.. Just truth.

EcRo C.
ER C5 years ago

You gotta read it to remember it. IT’S FROM 2010.

Obama calls for $50 billion infrastructure initiative.

Mr. President. You won the election with this. NOW DO IT ALREADY ! ALL WE NEED IS THE POLITICAL WILL ? Did anybody catch that? Come on Mr. President ! NO more making EXCUSES & pointing the finger at CONGRESS…..that’s just ENABLING their wah wah boo hoo DISORDER. Get out a can of WHOOP ASS already. Mr. Governor SHUT UP & tell Mr. President to do the 2010 thing!

Mary B.
Mary B5 years ago

It takes way more money, energy and natural resources to create jobs than it does just to give people a decent yearly stipend to live on so they can get on with their lives and maybe make up some kind of temporary work to suppliment the garenteed income.The people who are so stressed and spaced out because they could lose everything, while also being on prescription drugs with all their various side effects troubles me a lot more than recreational drugs.This whole job thing has gotten way out of hand. How can anybody realistically expect there to be enough liveing wage jobs to go around all the time, every where?

Sharon R.
Sharon R5 years ago

Someone mentioned above the tie between joblessness and dulling the pain by taking drugs. It seems a catch-22. You take it to feel better, but then having taken drugs makes you ineligible for many jobs.... Don't blame the messenger for telling us we have a big drug problem in America. (And this is only going to worsen under Obama's economic policies...)

Suzie Hughes
Susan Hughes5 years ago

Could it be that the reason they are on drugs is to dull the pain because there are no jobs?

ER C5 years ago

TO: Ernest R. RE: So jobs are not available because potential employees are on drugs ? WORD UP ! WELL SAID ! YOU HIT the NAIL RIGHT ON the HEAD! Sent you a Green Star!

Debbie Wood
Debbie Wood5 years ago

If you were taking drugs, you'd have to be pretty dumb to even apply for a job that requires a drug test. I guess that is why they call it dope! I worked for a cleaning company that did drug testing. When we told applicants that we tested, those who were using never showed up again and those who weren't did. We only had one person in 9 years fail. We also had girls who passed and were caught using on the job! So much for reliability. The reason people are not working governer, is because there are no jobs. Or those jobs that are out there won't support a family. My son lives in Erie. He is unemployed and looking. He told me he feels little hope because GE just laid off a bunch of people. They can make stuff cheaper at their plant in Texas. No unions there. They are slowly starving out the unions in this country.

William Meade
William Meade5 years ago

And who makes all the money from
these tests ? what a waste of your
money !!

ER C5 years ago

Again !?!.....another politician pointing the finger (you know, the one he picks his nose with?) at someone else. Tell ya want doofus (politician), expand the police department (duh more jobs!) (der d der), fix the infastructure, more jobs mean more employment taxes !. Quit doing whats being done all over America, passing out low wage jobs with no promise that the job will last. (You know thats being done just for the NUMBERS on PAPER.) Uh, no insurance coverage from a job...... Duh, threatening uninsured citizens to buy insurance else be fined..... ( are they supposed to do that with no money?)..... I'm NOT MAKING EXCUSES for the DRUG DEALERS, but it sounds like they have some pretty good paying jobs. Soooooo, politicans, sharpen your pencils, stick them up you arses & figure it out.

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

"Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett’s tumble in the polls has made Republicans nervous about four pivotal Philadelphia-area House districts.

Local GOP operatives fear this 2014 scenario: Corbett drags down the ticket for perennial targets Reps. Patrick Meehan, Jim Gerlach, Michael G. Fitzpatrick and Charlie Dent. Meanwhile, top potential Corbett foes count southeastern Pennsylvania as their political base, driving Democratic turnout in their suburban House districts.

“The impending blowout of Corbett could cause severe Republican losses downballot, hitting hardest in the southeast,” said a top GOP operative in Pennsylvania, who was granted anonymity to speak candidly about the governor. “The old axiom is still true that any Republican majority in Congress is built on a foundation of Philadelphia collar county Republicans. It’s an untenable situation.”

Corbett is one of the most unpopular governors in the country, and a Quinnipiac University poll released Monday showed 47 percent of survey respondents disapproved of his job performance as governor (compared with 38 percent who approved). The poll also showed 50 percent of voters surveyed say he does not deserve re-election, while 32 percent of respondents backed him for a second term."