One of Hillary Clinton's most appealing claims is that she would create jobs.
It's a claim she's made before and, according to the Washington Post (subscription required), the results were not good:
Her argument that she would put more Americans to work has focused on her time in the Senate, when she took on the mission of creating jobs in chronically depressed Upstate New York. As her husband, former president Bill Clinton, put it recently, she became the region’s “de facto economic development officer.”
But nearly eight years after Clinton’s Senate exit, there is little evidence that her economic development programs had a substantial impact on upstate employment. Despite Clinton’s efforts, upstate job growth stagnated overall during her tenure, with manufacturing jobs plunging nearly 25 percent, according to jobs data.
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air has a more anecdotal take on Hillary as job creator:
Speaking as somebody who was living in that upstate New York economy through the entire period, I can tell you that even the Washington Post’s description of her efforts is a charitable one. Clinton talked a good game and proposed big ticket legislative action to boost jobs in the region, but then completely failed to attract any support to pass it. On the local level, she personally pushed a number of programs which she claimed would deliver those 200,000 jobs. Instead, during the year that she was running for reelection it was reported that upstate had actually lost another 34,800 jobs.
There was the effort to revitalize the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. That one completely stagnated. She promised to return commercial rail service to the southern tier region of upstate. It never happened. The outsourcing of manufacturing jobs by IBM, Kodak and others in various upstate cities (which developed as a result of her husband’s policies in the previous decade) not only continued, but accelerated. One of her signature efforts was the creation of a new program office called New Jobs for New York. After being put into place, the “program” wound up having two people on staff and a budget which wouldn’t have covered the donut bill for most large corporate offices.
It should not come as a surprise that Clinton's claims to be a job creator are largely in the realm of fantasy: she advocates the same policies at the Obama administration that has produced a historically anemic recovery. Even last week's strong jobs report doesn't erase the overall poor Obama record on economic growth (or mean that a lot of people who need full time employment aren't working part-time).
But will Clinton offer some concessions on economic policies to woo wavering Republicans? Absolutely not, according to the Wall Street Journal.