Whitmer Wednesday: Fact: Michigan Has Still Not Recovered From Whitmer’s Economic Shutdown

September 28 2022

Michigan Is Trailing The Nation On Jobs, Unemployment, Inflation, Economic Growth and Personal Income

“Gretchen Whitmer has proven time and time again that she is the worst chief executive officer for the state of Michigan,” said Gustavo Portela, MIGOP Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director. “The American auto industry, with roots and a storied history right here in Michigan, has chosen in part to invest in other states with more business-friendly climates. Michigan also continues to maintain its rank as one of the worst for unemployment. The fact is that Gretchen Whitmer does not care about correcting the course of our crumbling state economy, and that is why voters will choose Tudor Dixon in November.”


  • Whitmer frequently touts the claim that she created 220,000 jobs in 2021 as an accomplishment.
    • Whitmer’s claim is based on comparing U.S. Labor Department jobs numbers comparing January 2021 with January 2022.
    • However, using this same metric, Whitmer lost 366,000 jobs in 2020.
  • Whitmer then claims that Michigan had the “best economic recovery in Michigan history,” hyperlinked to nothing.
  • The fact is there are still fewer jobs in Michigan than in March 2020, casting doubt on whether the word recovery is even appropriate to describe the exodus of jobs from Michigan.
  • There are 83,100 fewer Michiganders working today compared to when Whitmer first took office in January 2019.
    • This includes 19,500 manufacturing jobs, 13,800 retail jobs and 41,300 leisure and hospitality jobs.
  • In that same time frame, since January 2019, the United States created 264,400 jobs.




Income Growth 

  • Michigan ranked 49th in the nation in individual income growth in 2021.

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