Cuomo’s misleading labor stats by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

When it comes to rhetorical use of upstate New York unemployment statistics, Governor Cuomo is consistent. Unfortunately, he's consistently misleading.

The latest example came at today's ribbon-cutting today for the new 136,000-square-foot Expo Center at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse, where Cuomo delivered a roughly 25-minute stream-of-consciousness riff that focused on what he portrayed as an economic turnaround in upstate and the Syracuse area.

NY’s Labor Day “arrows” by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

Governor Cuomo frequently asserts that "the arrows are pointed in the right direction" for the upstate New York economy, thanks to state policy changes under his leadership.

But approaching the sixth Labor Day of Cuomo's tenure, the latest job statistics continued to tell a different story.

DiNapoli confirms: upstate sluggish by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has just issued a report confirming what employment statistics have been showing: upstate New York's economy has lagged behind the nation and downstate regions for years now.

Upstate job gains stay near nil by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

At the mid-summer mark, the private sector in upstate New York was still struggling to produce net employment gains, according to the state Labor Department's latest monthly report.

Upstate job slump continues by E.J. McMahon | NY Torch

The rate of private sector job creation in major upstate metro areas remained very low during the 12-month period ending in March, according to the latest state labor statistics.
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