GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is promising to create 101,000 new jobs in Nevada by 2016 under his economic plan.
That's according to a new online tool the Romney campaign unveiled Friday that shows state-by-state potential gains if he's elected on Nov. 6. The tool also compares Romney's plans with what has happened state by state under President Barack Obama.
In Nevada, 62,100 jobs have been lost since Obama took office in 2009 and the unemployment rate has increased 25 percent, according to the online tool. (That's an increase from 9.6 percent unemployment at the start of 2009 to 12 percent now, the highest in the nation.)
In addition to lost jobs, 176,637 more people are getting food stamps in Nevada and 7,874 more are on welfare, according to the online tool. Nationally, Romney is promising to create 12 million jobs by boosting trade, energy and helping small businesses succeed.
“After four years of disappointment, President Obama hasn’t delivered on the economic prosperity that he promised,” Romney said in a statement. “Now Americans can see exactly how the failures of this president’s economic record have impacted their state. I’ve got a plan to turn this economy around, and this tool will allow voters to see exactly how my Plan for a Stronger Middle Class will benefit their community, creating more jobs and more take-home pay for every American.”
The online tool lets voters share the results of each state's economic report via social media, including via email, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.
The Obama campaign has countered Romney's economic arguments for replacing Obama by noting the president inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression. Obama proclaims his policies have started the nation on the road to recovery while Romney would turn the country back.