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Corbett's unemployment comment draws criticism

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Governor Tom Corbett is facing criticism after a comment he made about drug use among the unemployed.

When asked about Pennsylvania's unemployment rate on Radio PA's 'Ask the Governor,' Corbett said the state is doing better than others when it comes to private sector jobs, even though it ranked 49th in the nation for job creation in March.

He then went on to say one of the problems lies with the unemployed being unable to pass a drug test.

"There are many employers that say we are looking for people but we can't find anybody that has passed a drug test," Corbett said.

Corbett's spokesperson stands by the comment, saying employers have come to Corbett with that concern.

Meanwhile, State Treasurer Rob McCord, who may run for governor, said the comments show Corbett's lack of understanding about the nature of joblessness and the plight of the people trying to find work.

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