Signs that confidence in the job market is sinking could shape this year’s governor’s race in Pennsylvania.
Gov. Tom Corbett says he’s optimistic about the state’s economic growth, and Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate is at the lowest point in five years. But it’s being driven down by a shrinking civilian labor force that’s blamed on rising frustration with finding a job.
A new Franklin and Marshall College poll says concern over unemployment and personal finances hit the highest point since August 2012 and ranked as the top issue.
Franklin and Marshall’s pollster Terry Madonna says it’s reasonable to link dropping confidence in the job market with rising concern over unemployment.
Muhlenberg College political scientist Christopher Borick says voters punish the incumbent when they don’t feel optimistic about their income or job.