Maine Governor Falsely Claims 47 Percent of Maine's Citizens Won't Work (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) recently said that 47 percent of Maine residents choose not to work, but his own government website debunks his claim.

While speaking to an audience in Falmouth, Maine last week, Gov. LePage stated, “About 47 percent of able-bodied people in the state of Maine don’t work.”

When an audience member questioned what he said, Gov. LePage answered, "About 47 percent. It’s really bad” (video below).

Amazingly, audience members agreed, although Gov. Page's claim would mean about half of them refuse to work.

However, Maine’s state government website states on its Labor Force Participation Rate table that 65.1 percent are part of the labor force, which is defined as "all persons 16 years of age and over who are employed, or unemployed and actively seeking employment."

According to the Bangor Daily News, the other 35 percent are retired, taking care of their kids or family members, in school, getting training or have a disability.

In 2011, Gov. LePage showed his hostility to Maine residents who are employed by demanding the removal of a "Labor Mural" from the State Department of Labor (DOL), reported The Huffington Post.

Sources: Maine.gov, Bangor Daily News, The Huffington Post