With almost $50 million of taxpayer stimulus money reported by recovery.gov going to Dougherty County, did we really create 40.4 jobs? Or, as the media portrays, are the numbers in doubt.
With just a brief preview of the data, the numbers are in doubt.
Darton College, with four temporary federal work study jobs reported, says that the work hasn’t started. Two public housing projects are reporting nine jobs, but the jobs were pre-existing. Replacing a roof? Well, the contractor was able save six jobs. Replace air-conditioning ductwork: four jobs saved.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funded another project to “conduct public facility improvements through technological upgrades.” Description of the jobs created or saved: “One Part-time Microbusiness Enterprise Center business services coordinator new position created, two full-time glass contractor positions were retained with a vendor, and two full-time paint contractor positions were retained with a vendor.”
Of the nine projects reviewed, reporting 34.64 jobs created or saved and costing $11.58 million, 13 of jobs were phantom or preexisting; 16.6 jobs were short-term temporary jobs; d just 3.6 jobs were real permanent jobs, with 3.1 of those in a private health facility.
By Mike Sabot