Washington State’s employment situation worse than U.S. in 2010

Today, the Governor announced budget “cuts” [1]. In the Governor’s summary document is this chart that says Washington is doing worse than the U.S. economy, in terms of employment in 2010. I did not know that.

[1] I put “cuts” in quotes because I do not yet know what it means. Normally, when politicians speak of “cuts” it means a cut in the rate of growth of government, or a “cut” in what they had hoped to spend. I do not know yet if this is a “cut” in the sense that you and I make a spending cut, meaning spending less money than before.