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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Claims Unemployed People Can't Pass Drug Tests (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) recently blamed high unemployment numbers in the state on jobless people, who are allegedly using illegal drugs (video below).

The state has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent and is 49th in job creation for the month of March, notes ThinkProgress.org.

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Jake Haulk, President of the Allegheny Institute, a free market think tank, blamed the unemployment numbers on the end of the payroll tax break in January and businessses worrying about the new federal health care law, reports Philly.com.

Speaking on a local radio show, Gov. Corbette placed the blame on unemployed people being unable to pass drug tests, but provided no actual evidence that high numbers of out-of-work Pennsylvanians use illegal drugs.

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"The other area is, there are many employers that say we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test, a lot of them," said Gov. Corbett. "And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that."

Gov. Corbett may be trying to protect his own job by blaming others as he trails his Democratic opponents by nine points, according to a Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll, reported Politico.com.

Sources: Politico.com. ThinkProgress.org, Philly.com