The Dems like to compare the raw number of jobs or GDP growth in Maine to other states' since the recession. Here's what nonpartisan Maine Department of Labor chief economist Glenn Mills has to say about that:
See also John Haskell, editor of Pinetreeconomics at the Bangor Daily News, who is "by no means a supporter of LePage nor the Maine GOP," disagreeing with us on "minimum wage, welfare, and bonds," ripping into the Dems' argument (screenshot available on request):
So what does the state DOL's chief economist say is a better measure of economic growth? It's his preferred method for comparing Maine to other states.
Investing.com had a headline on point last week as well, calling the employment-to-population ratio "The One Job Metric You Need to Watch."
And if you don't like the employment-to-population ratio, there's always the unemployment rate, which has dropped from 8.0% to 5.5% in LePage's first term, well below the national average.