DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad downsized recent claims of job creation in the state on Friday, citing new federal jobs data.
Branstad — who during his 2010 campaign pledged to create 200,000 new jobs in five years — recently had said more than 160,000 jobs were added in Iowa since he took office. But his administration said Friday that the actual figure was 128,000.
Branstad spokesman Tim Albrecht said via email the administration was simply updating their calculations using the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and that the governor never sought to mislead Iowans.