The Congressional Budget Office has published a new report entitled “Estimated Impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on Employment and Economic Output from January 2011 Through March 2011.” It makes some large claims about how many jobs stimulus funds have created:
Various recipients of ARRA funds (most recipients of grants and loans, contractors, and subcontractors) are required to report, after the end of each calendar quarter, the number of jobs funded through ARRA. The law also requires CBO to comment on those reported numbers.
During the first quarter of 2011, recipients reported, ARRA funded more than 571,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs.
The CBO figure of 571,000 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs is slightly higher than the total non-farm jobs reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of 524,000 (see above chart). Something doesn’t add up!
Note how California distributed their Recovery Act funds. Many of the dollars were just “passed through” to support Medicaid and unemployment insurance in California. I’m not sure how to account for job creation for passing through funds.