In an earlier post, I outlined how the government is counting the number of jobs created or saved by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or the stimulus package passed by Congress in February. Since the government used a formula that related so much spending to a job, it ignored the fact that some of the spending would be replacing other spending. For example, spending on green technologies means less spending on "dirty" techonologies. A job created in one area offsets the loss of a job in another rather than creates a new job.
The Wall Street Journal now has an article on estimates the states are reporting to the federal government about the number of jobs created or saved. The figures are much less than the estimates of the federal government.