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On Mass. economy, Mitt Romney’s record mixed

Mitt Romney's record as governor of Massachusetts has become central to a presidential race that has increasingly turned on Romney's credentials to manage the US economy. Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama inherited deep recessions when they took office in Massachusetts and Washington. In both the Massachusetts recession of 2001-03 and the national recession of 2007-09, total job losses were about 6 percent. How Romney compares to other governors of the Bay State:
Michael Dukakis (1983-91)
Net jobs:
283,500
Job growth:
10.8%
Estimated annual average job growth rate:
1.3%
Estimated average annual economic growth rate:
4.5%
William Weld (1991-1997)
Net jobs:
191,500
Job growth:
6.6%
Estimated annual average job growth rate:
1%
Estimated average annual economic growth rate:
2.6%
Paul Cellucci (1997-2001)
Net jobs:
255,800
Job growth:
8.2%
Estimated annual average job growth rate:
2.1%
Estimated average annual economic growth rate:
5.2%
Jane Swift (2001-2003)
Net jobs:
-131,700
Job growth:
-3.9%
Estimated annual average job growth rate:
-2.0%
Estimated average annual economic growth rate:
1.3%
Mitt Romney (2003-2007)
Net jobs:
31,200
Job growth:
1.0%
Estimated annual average job growth rate:
0.25%
Estimated average annual economic growth rate:
1.5%
Deval Patrick (2007-Present)
Net jobs:
-14,900*
Job growth:
-0.5%*
Estimated annual average job growth rate:
-0.1%*
Estimated average annual economic growth rate:
1.3%**

*Through July 2012.

**Through 2011.

SOURCES: US Labor Department, Commerce Department

Patrick Garvin/Globe Staff

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