Vice President Joe Biden this afternoon outlined a report collecting the jobs saved or created across the country, the product of states sending in their data.
As TPMDC reported this morning, he was joined by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA), who was a key ally when President Obama was selling the stimulus to the American people this winter.
Biden said the report shows the $787 billion economic stimulus plan has created or saved 642,239 jobs through the federal government and an estimated “at least” another 400,000 jobs. He said it is only a third of the way through.
“So far we have created over a million jobs,” Biden said. “We know that more jobs are on the way as we continue to spend out these dollars.”
Biden said the detailed Recovery.gov site is “quite simply something that has never happened before in the federal government.”
He bemoaned worries that millions would go to polar bears and frisbee parks, adding, “So far, thank god, that’s a dog that has not bitten yet.”Of the jobs, which will be detailed here, 80,000 are construction workers, 325,000 are education workers.
Schwarzenegger said he was “so excited and so happy” to be there, lauding the stimulus results in the Golden State. He said critics who claim the stimulus hasn’t don’t much are wrong.
“In California it has done a lot,” he said. Of the $12.5 billion the state already has received, 100,000 jobs have been saved or created, and more than $7 billion went to save the jobs of 62,000 teachers, administrators and professors.
“These teachers would have been gone if it wasn’t for the federal stimulus money,” he said.
Schwarzenegger got big laughs from the crowd when he added, “We have been promised $50 billion and we are looking forward for the rest of the money.”
“It’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said. “Thank you very much to President Obama [for] helping the state of California.”
Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD) weighed in on the Recovery.gov site, saying it “takes political courage” to release such results in the open.
The vice president said the administration would “keep fighting” until they can report instead of lost jobs, there were “400,000 or 500,000” jobs created in a month.
“We’re going to get there. We are not going to step back from this,” Biden said. “We’re not going to be satisfied till all those people who have made that walk are able to turn around and say [to their children], ‘Honey it’s going to be okay.’ That is the measure for us.”
Here’s a film the White House produced showing the stimulus at work.