Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and his Republican challenger, Dave Spence, sound like they’re referring to different states when they talk about Missouri’s economy.
Nixon: Missouri “led the Midwest” in the number of jobs added in August. The state’s unemployment rate — 7.2 percent — has been below the national average for 36 months.
Spence: Missouri’s economy ranked “worst in our region” in 2011. More than 106,000 Missourians have quit looking for work since Nixon took office.
Jobs are a top issue for voters, so both gubernatorial candidates have put it front and center in their campaigns. Though neither candidate has offered many new ideas, their proposals for revving up the economy offer some vivid contrasts, as do the statistics they use to make their cases.
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