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Pa. Gov. Says Unemployment High Because No One Can Pass Drug Test

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Democrats are pouring criticism on Gov. Tom Corbett for suggesting that Pennsylvania's sluggish job growth stems partly from too many applicants being unable to pass a drug test.

In an interview with PAMatters.com (http://bit.ly/13H6EM4 ) on Monday, the Republican governor cites anecdotal evidence the drug testing issue is part of the reason Pennsylvania's March unemployment rate exceeded the 7.6% national rate.

He says there are "many employers that say we're looking for people but we can't find anybody that has passed a drug test."

That prompted criticism from state Treasurer Rob McCord, who charges that Corbett doesn't understand the economy or the nature of unemployment.

McCord, who's considered a likely candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, says "it's not rocket science, but it seems to elude" Corbett.

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