First a Surplus, Now New Jobs in Virginia

Gov to claim 72,000 Va. jobs created on his watch

Gov. Bob McDonnell continues his rosy news rollout with the claim that nearly 72,000 jobs have been created in Virginia in his first half-year on the job.

McDonnell and his "jobs czar," Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, will announce at a Thursday morning news conference that 71,500 new jobs have been created in the state since February.

McDonnell was sworn in Jan. 16.

McDonnell spokesman J. Tucker Martin says it's a net figure that accounts for jobs also lost during that time, particularly from budget cuts by state and local governments.

On Wednesday, McDonnell announced a surprise state budget surplus of at least $220 million just six months after an estimated $1.8 billion shortfall.

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